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Surajkund Mela: Visitors experience myriad hues of Telangana
The newly-carved state Telangana is the 'Theme State' of this year's Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which is showcasing its unique culture and rich heritage in an impressive manner. The unique handcrafted tribal jewellery, pearl sets, 'pattu' saris and artefacts from the state are evoking great interest among visitors.

Craftsperson from Telangana, M Aruna has brought an exclusive collection of tribal jewellery and patches that are finding takers among women of all age groups. These are big size chunky neckpieces in white metal woven on threads of different colours.

As Hyderabad is famous for its pearls, K Sridhar has brought pearl strings that are fresh water pearls cultured to perfection. There are beautiful pearl sets with semi-precious ruby, emerald, sapphire stones studded in them.

Nethala Neelaveni from Telangana is exhibiting an interesting collection of artifacts made from small and medium sized stones to create structures of animals, trees, gods, birds, creepers, women and men. They are indeed eye-catching.

Authentic flavours of Telangana

According to a release from Haryana Tourism, the food stall of Telangana at the Food Court of the Mela is serving a scrumptious spread of delicacies of the state. A beeline of customers at the Telangana stall are enjoying chicken dum biryani, mutton dum biryani, steam rice with Mamsam, Mirchi bajji, Telangana Mamsam.

Handwoven Ikkat fabrics and saris

One can shop the beautifully handspun Ikkat fabric from the Mela that is hand dyed and spun to perfection with geometrical designs. The fabric is available for dress material and not to miss, the ikkat duppattas in different shades and designs are an irresistible purchase. Another attraction from Telangana are the 'pattu' saris in silk fabric, these are light weight saris with thread work in ikkat designs that take four to five days to be prepared.

Rhythms of Telangana

The folk dancers from Telangana are performing different folk arts like Oggudolu, Chindu Yaksha Ganam, Gussadi, Kommu Koya, Mathuri, Chirutala Ramayanam, Kolatam, Perini Natyam, Banjara, Lambadi, Bonalu at the Chaupal daily.

The Natyashala at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela was choc-o-bloc with school students participating in the drawing competition. Over 240 students from 19 schools from Faridabad and Gurgaon participated in the competition.

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