New Delhi, Jan 31 : For those wanting to soak and savour in the heritage of Indian crafts, there is good news.
The 33rd edition of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela starts from Friday, amid tight security. The Mela will be inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will preside over the inaugural ceremony of the 17-day cultural carnival.
Over 30 countries are participating in the event with Thailand as a partner country this year and Maharashtra as the theme state. Every year, one country becomes the partner country and an Indian state is selected to set the theme of the mela.
“The Surajkund Crafts Mela was upgraded to an international level in 2013. This year, more than 30 countries are participating. Last year 26 countries from Europe, Africa and South Asia participated in the Mela,” said Yogendra Tripathi, secretary, Ministry of Tourism, at a press conference on Thursday.
With Maharashtra being the theme state, it will showcase its unique culture and rich heritage, said Mr Tripathi.
Artists from Maharashtra have constructed a replica of Maha Darwaza, the main entrance of the historic hill fort of the Raigad, renovated by Chatrapati Shivaji.
The Mela authorities have also imposed a complete ban on plastic bags for the first time this year to abate environmental pollution, added the secretary. (UNI)