CM Manohar Lal inaugurate Surajkund International Crafts Mela

Feb 01, 2015 21:40 | Haryana
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Chandigarh, February 1--The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that the state government is working to improve the value system in society by introducing Bhagwad Gita in the textbooks and propagating Yoga. The Surajkund International Crafts Mela has played a seminal role in preserving the vanishing arts and bringing the youth
closer to history and culture, he added.
Mr Manohar Lal was speaking after inaugurating the 29th edition of the Mela at Surajkund, Faridabad, in the presence of  the Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Dr Raman Singh, today. The 15-day long Mela will remain open to public daily from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm. The inaugural ceremony was marked by enthralling performances by Haryanvi dancers who danced to the theme of saving the girl child, and artistes from
Chhattisgarh and Lebanon.
The Chief Minister also launched mobile application of the ‘Surajkund Mela’ and appreciated the Information and Technology (IT) initiatives undertaken by the Surajkund Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism.
The Mela had helped inculcate the feeling of brotherhood, love and bonding among different cultures and continents and appreciated the contribution made by theme state Chhattisgarh in presenting the folk traditions in a very impressive way. He narrated his experiences of Bastar in Chhattisgarh and interaction with Naxalites. Lots of farmers and politicians who are doing well in Chhattisgarh hail from Haryana.
Haryana which has a rich culture and ancient heritage is promoting tourism in a big way. Plans have been drawn to develop ancient cultural sites like Adibadri at Kapalmochan, Yamunanagar, which is origin of the sacred Saraswati river.
Mr Manohar Lal said that Karna Lake at Karnal would be developed under circuit tourism and Narnaul-Mahendargarh-Madogarh mega tourism circuit would be developed at a cost of Rs 50 crore. The air strips in Hisar and Karnal would also be expanded. He commended the efforts of the Surajkund Crafts Mela Authority and Haryana Tourism for organizing the event at this level.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chattisgarh Chief Minister said he was elated to see more than 20 countries participate with Lebanon as partner nation. After a gap of 10 years, Chhattisgarh had got the opportunity to be the Theme State at the Mela. Dr Singh said that he shared good association with his Haryana conunterpart who had lent him support during elections in Bastar.
Referring to the popularity of Chhattisgarh, Dr Raman Singh said the
state is the birth place of so many folk artistes and craftspersons like Tejan Bai and Jaidev Bhagel. Since it became an independent state, it is no more backward but a progressive one contributing a lot to the production of steel, aluminum and cement. It is the second leading state in sex ratio.
The Chhattisgarh Tourism Minister, Mr Ajay Chandrakar, said that Surajkund Mela had provided a great opportunity to present the art, culture and tradition of Chhattisgarh. The state has the largest tribal population and unique art forms which make it stand apart from the rest.
The Director General, Ministry of Economy and Trade, Lebanon, Ms. Alia Abbas, said her country was always keen on  participating in the Mela, which is a great manifestation of how you provide opportunities to craftspersons in a friendly environment. It would further improve bilateral relations between the two nations.
The Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, said that the Mela presented ancient Surajkund in an impressive way and the fascinating folk dances staged during the inaugural ceremony were a great expression of emotions and body movements.  The Haryana Minister of State for Tourism, Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, expressed the happiness that the Mela had become a symbol of pride and brought the state great repute.
Surajkund Mela, an excellent platform for exchange of crafts, cultures and folk traditions attracts, on an average, over a million visitors, including thousands of foreigners. This year, the ambience at the Mela would further increase the footfall, an official spokesperson said. At the inaugural ceremony, the galaxy of special invitees included
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Mr Krishanpal Gurjar, Haryana Tourism Minister, Mr Ram Bilas Sharma, Chhattisgarh Tourism Minister, Mr Ajay Chandrakar, Haryana Minister of State for Tourism, Mr Karan Dev Kamboj, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Prof. Sudarshan Seneviratne, Director General, Ministry of
Economy and Trade, Lebanon, Mrs Alia Abbas, Uganda Tourism Minister Ms Rita Kitsu, Faridabad MLA Mr Vipul Goel,  Ballabhgarh MLA Mr Mool Chand Sharma, Badkhal MLA Mrs Seema Trikha, and other distinguished
guests.