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Surajkund Mela 2016: Fascinating crafts alluring visitors
Unique ideas get amazing form and shape from the hands of master craftspersons participating in the ongoing 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela at Faridabad. An array of artistic creations made from all kinds of unique material by National and State awardee craftspersons from across India are on display at this mega event.

These fascinating crafts that one can only find at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela are alluring the visitors and they are buying it all for adorning their homes. A quick recce of all those crafts that make this Mela so very special.

Amazing artworks

Shola pith is a milky-white sponge-wood, which is carved into delicate and beautiful objects of art can be spotted at Surajkund International Crafts Mela at stall no. 755. The finest examples of craftsmanship are however seen on the statue created of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the palace of Siraj-ud-Duala in Murshidabad and Goddess Durga's idol. One just can't stop admiring these masterpieces that have been created with utmost dexterity.

Splendid fish scale products

One look at the works of the state awardee artisan Pushpa Bhagat from West Bengal at Stall no. 804, leave you astonished. She has an interesting collection of jewellery and artefacts on display made from fish scales. According to a release by Haryana Tourism, Pushpa, a pioneer of this art, said, "I am a Fine Arts graduate and happened to discover fish scales discarded by fishermen on seashores as a pocket friendly option to make my products."

After procuring these scales, Pushpa processes and straightens them out so that they can be used for making jewellery in different designs and decor items. "The best part is that the jewellery made from fish scale remains the same lifelong and is washable," Pushpa said. The vases and flowers created from fish scales are Pushpa's masterpieces that take over a month to be made.

Mammoth creations awestruck visitors

Ravi Achari, a state awardee from Andhra Pradesh at stall no. 805 has brought amazing range of intricately carved wooden statues and panels. What really stands out at his stall is the statue of Balaji made from neem wood and has taken over a month to complete. Not to miss, the Ganesha idols in different sizes starting from Rs Rs 600 onwards are being lapped up by the visitors at the Mela.

Gold-plated Tanjori paintings

The shimmering big size Tanjori paintings from Tamil Nadu are eye-catching artworks that mesmerise one and all. Keshwan, craftsperson, said, "The masterpiece is a painting on display that encapsulates the bygone era that depicts eleven women clad in different attires and matching jewellery. The painting has been outlined with 24 carat gold foil and studded with semi precious stones and casted in a carved wooden frame." 

It is priced at Rs 1.60 lakhs and took over four months to be made. The Gods and Goddess are the favourite theme for Tanjori paintings, as these are purchased by visitors in no time, adds Keshwan.

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