It was my maiden visit to the famous SurajKund Crafts Mela on 14 February 2010 as part of the JNU UNESCO and Photography clubs’ trip to the fair. I shot more than 450 pics of the 24th edition of the fair and ended up making an online pictorial documentation of the fair a few days ago in full four hours.
For the uninitiated, SurajKund Crafts Mela in the state of Haryana (very close to South Delhi) is the Indian Crafts fair held every year since the early 80s. You can see the colours of Indian crafts at display here: handicrafts, glassware, cermamic, pottery, metal works, painting, paper crafts, drawing, carpets, leather work and whatnot. It is also the display of the Indian culture and Indian people.
I have an irresistible desire to document socio-cultural events as a sort of record/archive for the people and society. Some of my previous documentations are JNU Holi (the festival of colours of India), Delhi Zoo (the unofficial Delhi Zoo website which is a very popular site), JNU Caves,
Here is some information on how the pictorial website is arranged.
- ENTRACE/TICKET COUNTER: Photos from the ticket counter area and entrance at the SurajKund Mela
- CRAFTS’ PHOTOS, I,II, III : In three sections I have put up photos of the Indian crafts at the fair
- FOOD COURT: Photos of the food stalls/restaurants in the designated food court area at the SurajKund Mela.
- KIDS’ CORNER/AMUSEMENT: Photos from the amusement section at the fair
- MIXED PHOTOS from the SurajKund Mela
- HUMOROUS/FUNNY PHOTOS: from the SurajKund Mela (must watch).
This is an unofficial documentation needless to say.