1st to 15th February rural India basks in the warmth of
admiration and from there, its earthly touch glimmers in urban
homes both in India and abroad. The fortnight also celebrates
the rhythms of folk theatre all of which endears one to the simple
charm of the Suraj Kund Mela village.
fortnight long mela celebrations every year come as a mini food
festival. Some of the popular food traditions arrive from Punjab
for Patrons, South Indian delicacies come in from the South Indian
section. Popular Chinese and snack foods also arrive for the event
along with a special stall where patrons are introduced to the
traditional foods and sweet meats of the theme state.
Surajkund Crafts Mela also comes as an event that celebrates the
vibrant rhythms of folk theatre. All these colourful events flower
before the audience in the open-air-theatre named Natyashala.
the mela fortnight, some of the most delightful crafts collections
of the Mela arrive from practically all over the country. In wood
and cane craft come inlay work, rosewood carving, sandal wood
from Punjab and South India. Chikri wood craft of Kashmir and
some very fine cane craft come from West Bengal and North Eastern
States. Delicate sholapith and shital patti work come from Assam
and West Bengal. In embroidery, the phulkari of Punjab, the 'Banjara'
and 'Bunni' embroidery of Gujarat and Rajasthan, the 'kantha'
traditions from West Bengal and Tripura, lace and crochet from
Goa, the 'suzni' of Kashmir and mirror encasing work along with
the traditional 'chikan' work of Lucknow delight.
the section of floor covering the namda and carpet of Kashmir,
the punja durrie of Haryana and Punjab, the woollen druggets of
Mirzapur and coir and rag carpets of south India fascinate.
jewellery, sea shell decorations and agate stone work delight
as also do delicate gold work and chunky silver jewellery. Toys
in wood and cane, ply and mud make the young thrill with joy.
of the fine phad paintings of Rajasthan, the kalamkary of Andhra
and Karnataka, temple paintings of Orissa, madhubani of Bihar,
fascinate. In the metal section tribal dhora work, classical south
Indian metal work, glittering brass ware, bell metal and iron
craft delight collectors.