It was indeed a vibrant start to the 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela. The fair ground at Faridabad, in Haryana, wore a festive look with a joyous riot of sounds, sights and colors splashed all around with multihued cut-outs, streamers and the resonating beats of drums. 
While it cannot be denied that a wide range of handicrafts and handlooms can be found at numerous fairs in India round the year, what makes Surajkund stand out is some unusual artworks, not easily spotted elsewhere. At the first look, the fair ground itself looks like a complete village with a chaupal or a rural community space. Mud huts with thatched roofs, uneven, unpaved paths leading to innumerable platforms provide glimpses of the exquisite paintings, textiles, wood work, pottery, terracotta, stone work, paper mache, lac work and cane work.
A spectacular stage was set for the artistes from across the country and globe. The theme state Chattisgarh too showcased their rich textiles and unique handloom designs.  Madhubani paintings from Bihar, Tanjore paintings from down South, marble and wooden artifacts from Rajasthan, to name a few, did catch everyone’s attention. The tie and dye and laharia designs on silk and Phulkari dupattas fluttering in the gentle breeze were eye catching.
Apart from Indian handicrafts, craftsmen from countries like Thailand, Afghanistan,Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka etc have brought their crafts to the fair this year. In fact, from enthralling folk dances and exclusive handicrafts to culinary adventure, Surajkund Mela definitely has something for everyone!