The Mela has been organized since 1981 with a view to promote regional cultural proceedings on a national level. Every year, a new state within the country is selected as its theme. In 2019 year, Maharashtra
was chosen as the theme state and this year Himachal Pradesh
has been chosen as theme state. In 2020 – Uzbekistan
has been chosen as the partner country. The state of Rajasthan
was first selected as the theme state of the Mela in the year 1989.
- Year 2012 Theme State: Assam
- Year 2015 Theme State: Chhattishgarh
- Year 2016 Theme State: Telangana
- Year 2017 Theme State: Jharkhand
- Year 2018 Theme State: Uttar Pradesh
- Year 2019 Theme State: Maharashtra
- Year 2020 Theme State: Himachal Pradesh
Surajkund is the annual fair that showcases the finest hand-looms, handicrafts, authentic fragrances & flavors of rich Indian cuisines. As winter turns briefly into spring, a caravan of more than 400 National and State awardee craft persons from every corner of India wind their way to Surajkund. The craft persons from SAARC Nations are also participating in the Surajkund Crafts Mela. At Surajkund Mela, the artisans’ delicate hands create the most beautiful pieces which have fascinated many through ages!
Himachal Pradesh: 2020 Theme State
Himachal Pradesh is the ‘Theme State’ of the 34th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2020, which is showcasing its unique culture and rich heritage through various art forms and handicrafts from the state. Hundreds of artistes from Himachal Pradesh will be performing different folk arts and dances. From traditional dances art forms to excuisite crafts, there is a bouquet of heritage and culture from Himachal Pradesh to enthrall the audience. Also a replica of ‘Bhima Kali Temple‘ and the already existing ‘Maheshwar Devta Temple‘, promises to be the main attraction of this year’s Mela.