Kerala is considered the possibilities of organizing Malappuram Crafts Fair on the lines of the Haryana’s popular Surajkhand. The delegation of senior Government officers visited the 24th Surajkund Craft Fair like the one in Surajkhand.
Mr.O.P. Jain, Minister for Tourism, Haryana has promised to extend all cooperation to Kerala.
Mr Suraj S.Nair, nodal officer of Kerala Bureau of Industrial Promotion says:” The idea of conducting the Malappuram Crafts Fair originated after noticing the success of the Surajkund Craft Mela. The main idea was to create a hob for crafts persons from all over India and provide them a podium to sell their products in South India”.
Along with the crafts display and sales area, last year’s Malappuram Mela had an open-air theatre for cultural performances and food courts showcasing traditional Kerala cuisine.
The well-coordinates Surajkund Mela has popularized Haryana internationally. It provides an opportunity for various small scale industries, artisans, craftsmen and sculptors from all over the nation to display their products. It is a fascinating display of the country’s rich culture, ancient crafts traditions and glimpses of heritage. Weavers, folk dancers, ethnic theatre troupes, jugglers and road side magicians participate in the fair.
The Surajkunda Mela has also attracted Sri Lanka which is considering organizing a crafts fair patterned on it in Colombo.