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Surajkund Mela 2016 concludes on a promising note
The 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad ended on a promising note with Governor of Haryana, Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki being present as a Chief Guest while Deputy Chief Minister, Telangana, Shri Kadiyam Srihari as the special invitee on the occasion.
Along with state's tourism Minister Ram Bilas Sharma and Chief Parliamentary Secretary Seema Trikha, many other dignitaries graced the occasion. Drumbeats and foot-tapping music gave the esteemed dignitaries a rousing welcome from the participating cultural troupes of various countries and states of India.

Dr Sumita Misra, Principal Secretary, Tourism, Government of Haryana and Vice-Chairperson, Surajkund Mela Authority said that 23 countries participated in this edition of the Mela and among them Japan, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Maldives, Tunisia, Seychelles, Namibia and Malaysia were participating for the first time.

This year 988 craftspersons took part in the Mela and 180 international folk artistes performed at the Chaupal during the Mela fortnight. The Government of India initiatives of Digital India, Beti Bachhao Beti Padhao and Swatchh Bharat were followed in principle during the Mela.

Kadiyam Srihari, Deputy Chief Minister, Telangana stated that it was an honour to be a part of this internationally acclaimed Mela in which 350 cultural artistes and 80 craftspersons showcased the best of their talent.

Governor, Haryana, Prof Solanki said, it was heartening to see the Mela being organised on this magnitude and extended his congratulations for the successful conduct of the Mela. He added that Haryana is known as the land of Mahabharata and now the Surajkund International Crafts Mela has brought Haryana on the world map.

Haryana is moving ahead and progressing, added Prof Solanki, who also mentioned that the international solar alliance signed between 122 countries during the Climate Change Conference in Paris has decided to set up their headquarters in Gurgaon. Later, he gave away awards to the craftspersons adjudged by a jury for their unique crafts showcased at the 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela.

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