Surajkund – Lake of the Sun
I have been living the Delhi for the last 3 years and have experienced a major share of the “Dil walon ki Delhi” life. And, yet in all these years I only heard and planned and procrastinated to visit the Surajkund Crafts Mela. However, this year around I promised myself to exit the procrastination club and experience things first hand.
When and Where – 8kms from Delhi is Surajkund, an ancient reservoir of the 10th century located in Faridabad where one can still spot the ruins of the amphitheater sun pool, history of which is dated back to the 10th century. During the spring season, every year from 1–15 February, a colorful traditional craft festival is held in the precincts of Surajkund. This fair was first started in 1987. Traditional craftsmen (artists, painters, weavers, and sculptors) from all parts of the country participate in this annual celebration named as the “Surajkund Crafts Mela” or “Surajkund designer’s Village”.
Tickets – are available online at portals like Book my show and also at the Mela itself. The tickets cost INR 120/- per person on weekdays and Rs 180/- per person on weekends.
Timings – 10:30 AM to 8:30 PM are the standard timings of the Surajkund Mela every year.
Surajkund in pictures
“Don’t fool with fools who’ll turn away. Keep all good company.”
True colors are beautiful. Like a rainbow
The way you cast your gaze
I’m standing here until you make me move. I’m hanging by a moment here with you
I can serenade and gently play on your heartstrings. Be your Valentino just for you
Conversations, the pressure to talk.
Are we a reflection, of Life?
Handbeaten copper utensils by the Tamta community were also on display; the details of which I had shared in an earlier post here.
The name ‘Dhokra’ or Dokra comes from the Dhokra Damar tribes, who are the traditional metalsmiths of West Bengal. Their technique of lost wax casting is named after their tribe, hence Dhokra metal casting. The tribe extends from Jharkhand to Orissa to as far ahead to Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and even Kerala! Hence Dhokra craft is now found all over India.
Worldly worries — a world outside our mind and indeed pretty much outside our control
I am not a person who excitedly heads to crowded places, but a gentle nudge, an enthusiastic push, and an unintentional shove do a good job of reminding me “You can always depend on the kindness of strangers, To pluck up your spirits, and shield you from dangers!”
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