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Surajkund Mela 2016: Artistic colours of Japan unfold
The partner country Japan is participating in the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela with much enthusiasm. The artists from Japan are at the centre of attraction in the international area. Participating in the Mela for the first time, Japan's renowned artists have come here to showcase their masterpieces.

Maeno Setsu, practises the traditional craft Kimekomi art, made from using small pieces of pure silken kimono clothes, while Sekkoh Hamauzu is a calligrapher from Japan and has won many awards. Illustrator Hashimoto from Japan is a self-trained graphic designer, whose works are influenced by Mithali painting especially of late Ms. Ganga Devi's work.

Japanese drummers and Taiko players are at the centre of attraction as the visitors stop by to watch them perform in the international area. A Japanese giant kite is also displayed at their stall that has a Japanese folk tale hero Momotarou painted on it. Interestingly, Momotarou, a monkey appears as supporting role such as Hanuman in Ramayana.

So in more than one way, India and Japan have a lot in common to share and Surajkund International Crafts Mela has brought this harmonious melange to the fore.

Flying high at Surajkund Mela

Helicopter rides at the ongoing Surajkund International Crafts Mela are a big fad this time. Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism have taken up this novel initiative of presenting helicopter rides and offering more enjoyment to families and visitors coming to Mela. Lot of families along with children are simply enjoying the helicopter rides, which has indeed become a very popular feature of the Mela this time. A seven to eight minute ride over the Mela and around is being offered for Rs 2500 per person.

Mehndi competition held at Surajkund Mela

A mehndi competition was organised at Natyashala in which over 120 students participated with enthusiasm. The first prize was given to Anjali and Mahima of Shri Sanatan Dharama Sr. Sec. School 1-B, NIT Faridabad; the second prize was given to Aarti and Shalini of Shri Sanatan Dharama Sr. Sec. School 1-B, NIT Faridabad and the third prize went to Sushmita of Arya Vidya Sr. Sec. School, Milk Plant road, Ballabgarh. The consolation prize was given to Umesh of Suraj Government Boys Senior Secondary School, NIT-3, Faridabad.

Making Mela visitor friendly

Dena Bank has opened one extension counter and four ATMs in the Mela premises. One ATM is at Gate no.1, second ATM at Food Court and two ATMs at Extension counter opposite Mela police control room. The bank is providing all kinds of banking facilities in the Mela premises. Emma from New Zealand is all praises for this facility, "It is a very good facility that is being extended here at the Mela for the convenience of the women."

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