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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sarajkund Arts, Crafts, and Culture Mela

The below description is taken from Wikipedia

In the backdrop of the lake, during the spring season, every year from February 1–15, a colorful traditional craft festival of India is held in the precincts of Surajkund. This fair was first started in 1987. Traditional craftsman (artists, painters, weavers and sculptors) from all parts of the country participate in this annual celebration named as the “Surajkund Crafts Mela” or "Surajkund designer’s Village”. Designer items created by 50 best designers and craftsmen in wood, metal, bamboo, iron, glass, textiles and stone can be seen here. This Mela (fair) is visited by lovers of arts and crafts from all over the world. The fair is held with a different theme every year on Indian culture and crafts.

The theme, specific to a state of India, is depicted at the entrance to the Mela grounds and provides an ambiance of that particular state with characteristic colors, materials, architecture, furniture and decorations. The crafts on display in the stalls (400) is of particular crafts of that state. The Mela also includes a food festival covering some of the popular cuisines from different parts of the country. Entertainment in the form of famous rhythms and dance of folk theatre are also held here during the festival.

My camera does not do the colors justice.
One of the best mornings in a long time. The color, joy, life, energy, vibrancy, and happiness at Sarajkund was contagious.
Separate tickets booths for "Ladies" and "Gents"?? Not sure why this was necessary. The ticket sellers were all men?? Just something else I will never quite understand in India.

The tiger dancers were fabulous!!
I bought a beautiful wall hanging and some bags from this woman. We were her first sale of the day. The blessings she put on the rupees as I paid were incredible to watch. She said that if the first sale is not blessed correctly then the rest of day's sales will not go well.

Batik pictures from Goa.
Fresh coconut water from "Mr Friendly." I wouldn't want to meet this man and his large cleaver in a dark alley.
And finally, for those of you who don't like Indian food.....


  1. love it! we missed the tiger dancers :(

    what a fun morning it was!

  2. I think I will take the girls out of school for a morning next year and take them. They would love it, and I've heard the weekends are crazy busy. We arrived at 10 am and left around 100 when it was just getting crowded. So much fun :)

  3. Looks fantastic! Can't wait to go with you : )

  4. There are separate ticket counters for men and women so if there is a large line and a big crowd, misbehaved men, don't get an opportunity to harass women. Delhi and surrounding towns have this problem of unruly men :-)