Also, the governor commended the efforts of Surajkund Crafts Mela Authority for extending a platform to craftspersons from participating countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Thailand besides Eurasian and African countries for also displaying their cultural amalgamation.
A host of new initiatives were taken to make the Mela more exciting and people-friendly. This year, the Karnataka Day and Sri Lanka Day were celebrated on 9th February and 12th February respectively with much enthusiasm. The facilities like e-ticketing was introduced for the first time, also battery-operated carts and 50 percent discount to differently-abled, defence personnel and senior citizens along with free entry for freedom fighters and war widows were extended during this edition.
Surajkund International Crafts Mela has also embodied the amalgamation of cultures of various nations. The Mela has gone international this year with the participation of 20 countries and has been further enriched by participating of various foreign cultural troupes.
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