Visitors were greeted with sights and sounds of Maharashta and Thailand on a beautiful wintery morning. Beats of dhols and troupes of day performers were seen and heard in every nook and corner of the mela ground making rounds to entertain visitors. As the day progressed the ambiance began even more colourful.
The amphitheatre or the Chaupal was packed to the brim and spectators witnessed thrilling performances by various folk artists from India as well as foreign nations . Thrilling performance from folk artists from Ghana, Egypt, Thailand, Zimbabwe and many more brought to the audience never before seen art forms. Equally enchanting presentation came from the indian participants from Punjab with artists performing the mesmerising Ek Tara and the foot tapping Bhangra tunes and dances. Maharashtra showcased the traditional dances of Lavni and palki.
The mela was also visited by Hon’ble Justice Mr. M.R. Shah, Judge, Supreme Court. He along with his colleagues took a round of the meal and thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and the spirit of art and craft of the mela.
Shri Vikas Yadav, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism stated that this edition of Surajkund international Crafts Mela will set yet another benchmark with its ever increasing participation of artists and performers especially from foreign nations. This Fair is also a must visit for craft and handicraft enthusiasts as well as foodies who want to experience new flavours and cuisines.
Thailand shines in the crowd with its unique crafts products
The partner nation – Thailand has come with the most interesting craft items that one can look for. From highly detailed decorative items, herbal care products to handmade casual wear, there is something for everyone.
Ringing in the message of going green and saving the environment, Kamoalthip from Thailand has brought fascinating decorative items from her country. A special cactus plant is being offered by her which has anti-radiation properties to be used at home to protect the environment from radiation. Along with that handmade ceramics, Rose Wood carvings and decorative items inspired by the elements on the bottom of the ocean are a treat to see.
For those looking for the best in skin care and herbal products, Nucharee Nilsuwan, is offering authentic herbal products made from rare herbs and traditional Thai methods. Exclusive perfumes made by her team are a favourite amongst visitors.
Pitak Intawong, has bought hand carved decorative items that are been loved by every visitor, made by mango wood and designed by his wife is what makes these craft items so special according him. From flower pots, lamps, to door bells each creation of the duo is worth collecting.
For those looking for a style statement, hanmade tshirts and other casual dresses will add spice to your wardrobe. Boodsaya from Thailand says that tie dye prints and use of natural colours make these clothes unique and are highly fashionable.
Food the food lovers, the Thai section at the food court is dishing out some of the most authentic flavours. Chef Soi from Thailand says that prawn dish called Tom Yum and the Thai Noodles are being loved by everyone here. Apart from that authentic Thai Soups and curries are a big hit amongst the visitors. For those looking for a real lip smacking experience, this is a place to be.
Last evening saw evening cultural performance by Maharashtrian artists, a dramatic ballet was performed depicting Shivaji Mahraj by ‘Ganimi kava’. The classical tones set in the historic times took the audience to a unique adventure full of music history and drama.
The cultural evening today is a much awaited performance by the famed Bollywood Singer Akanksha, who bring alive the audience with hit number from Bollywood and more.
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