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Surajkund Mela 2016 celebrates Basant Panchami
A riot of colours splashed the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad on the occasion of Basant Panchami that saw a host of activities being organised throughout the day. Visitors clad in shades of yellow gathered in large numbers to relish the bewitching charm and the crowd swelled with every passing minute. School students enjoyed flying kites at Natyashala, a cynosure for the visitors who witnessed the spectacular grandeur at the Mela.

The day started with Saraswati Vandana at the Chaupal by eight girl students from Government Model Senior Secondary School, Faridabad followed by a medley of vibrant folk dances. In the afternoon, the best dressed competition for different age groups was also organised.

Modern art marvels

Modern art from Seychelles has come to the Surajkund International Crafts Mela at stall no 780. Robert Alexis, an artist and sculptor, manning the stall, said, "Modern paintings are popular because of their thought-provoking nature. In fact, many people value modern paintings according to how well they can spark a conversation with house guests or office clients. These paintings can open one's mind to a new perspective of the world, while others stir the emotions, while others simply set a tone for a room."

He uses bright coloured acrylics in his paintings, which blend the colours in various shapes and lines. These paintings can be appreciated for their beauty and have been priced very economically at Rs 4000 each.

Vibrant creations wow visitors

The Warli art at Stall no 590 has artists from Faridabad, Haryana practising this art in Madhubani style. Artisan Vickey at this stall is all in smiles, "We have got a great response for our collection of vases, pots and lamp shades in different sizes painted in colours of red, black and greens." 

These are priced from Rs 250 onwards. They have also brought sleek wooden stands for the small size Warli pots to be displayed upon, which are priced from Rs 900 onwards. Each creation takes from two hours to one day to be completed depending upon its size and intricacy of design, adds Vickey.

Exquisite crafts

Bidriware art from Karnataka at Stall no. 591 has beautiful range of decor items like miniature hookahs, vases, bowls, ornament boxes, elephants, horses and deers. Salim, the craftsperson, handling the stall, said, "Bidriware work originates from the township of Bidar. The metal used is a blackened alloy of zinc and copper inlaid with thin sheets of pure silver. Each piece involves an elaborate process of manufacturing, design originality and fine craftsmanship. At present, only silver is used to make the craft more vibrant." His Bidriware pieces are priced from Rs 400 onwards.

Baskets with difference

Cane fibre baskets displayed at Stall no. 612 attract the eye of every passerby. Craftsperson Angam from Manipur has brought an interested collection of baskets in shape of carry bags, serving bowls and sling bags in striking colour of pink, purple, green and blue. He said, "These are made from special cane and the real skill lies in the art of weaving these baskets in different designs and shapes."

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