A carnival of art and culture, Saras Mela returns to town after 9 years | Gurgaon News


Gurgaon: Saras Mela, an annual arts and crafts fair, is set to return to Gurgaon after nine years. The 12-day “mela” will be held from April 9-20 at Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) Ground in Sector 29.
Modeled on the Surajkund mela, ‘Saras Mela’ will feature cultural events and stalls promoting arts and crafts. The last ‘Saras Mela’ was held in 2013, after which the BJP government merged it with the ‘Geeta Mahotsav’ in Kurukshetra. The District Rural Development Authority (DRDA) launched the ‘Saras Mela’ in Gurgaon in 2005. It became a huge hit and sales rose from a mere Rs 40 lakh in 2005 to Rs 2.5 crore in 2013.
In 2014, the BJP formed its government with a full majority and launched an ambitious event, “Geeta Mahotsav”, in the historic city of Kurukshetra to promote cultural heritage. The ‘Saras Mela’ was also moved to Kurukshetra from Gurgaon and merged with ‘Geeta Mahotsav’ to make the latter a popular event.
Prior to Covid-19, the state government intended to take “Geeta Mahotsav” from Kurukshetra to all districts. But now he has decided to revive the ‘Saras Mela’ in Gurgaon. Artisans and others have demanded the return of the ‘mela’ as they get more visitors, customers and better prices for their products in Gurgaon. “Artists and artisans are more successful in Gurgaon. Moreover, Gurgaon has people from all over the world, and organizing the ‘mela’ here helps promote local arts and crafts,” a government official said.
Deputy Commissioner Nishant Yadav said the fair will promote the products of self-help groups formed under the National Mission for Rural Employment. People from different districts of Haryana and some parts of the country will also exhibit their wares at the ‘mela’. There will be nearly 150 stands.
Like Surajkund Mela, cultural performances will be held every night to attract crowds. The same will promote the cultural traditions of different states and help increase sales. The fair will have a food court for visitors, games and an entertainment area for children.
Deputy Commissioner Nishant Yadav said the Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) will provide temporary power connections for the fair. “MCG will take care of water, sanitation and cleanliness. The fire department will permanently station a few firefighters on site. Banks will install temporary ATMs and there will be enough parking spaces,” he added.
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