Press Esc to close
Wednesday 31 August 2016
News updated at 8:58 AM IST
Weather
Max: 21°C
Min : 25°C
In Bengaluru
Cloudy sky

Karnataka, theme state at crafts mela

Bangalore, Jan 17, 2013, DHNS:

Karnataka has been selected by the Haryana government as the theme State for the 27th International Crafts Mela to be held at Surajkund near New Delhi from February 1 to 15. This is the second time that Karnataka is taking center stage at this mela.

Addressing reporters in Bangalore on Thursday, Tourism Minister Anand Singh said that the mela which was once a major national event, has now been upgraded to an international event. Karnataka, which had been the theme state during the 1994 mela, will introduce over a million visitors to its scintillating flavours, colours, ethnicity, traditions and hospitality.

The Tourism department which is enthusiastic to participate in the event, is making plans to organise a similar mela in Bangalore.

Programme details

The Surajkund event will kickstart with a fashion show and cultural programmes on February 9 — which will be observed as ‘Karnataka Day’.

The entry gates to the mela are themed after the architecture styles of Mysore Palace and monuments in Belur, Hampi, Bijapur.

The themes for the three stages for inauguration, closing and daily cultural programmes will revolve around the architectures of Pattadakal, Hampi and Belur. Of the 230 acres occupied by the mela, four acres will be dedicated for Karnataka. As many as 300 artistes from across the State will present various forms of art, folk, music, dance and theatre shows. National awardees with expertise in weaving and handicraft-making will display their creations and also hold live demonstrations. Their products will be offered for sale. The tourism department will spend an estimated Rs 5.5 crore for the event.

The Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) will manage and operate four food courts to specialities from North, South, Malnad and Coastal districts of the State.
Anand Mohan Sharan, Director General and Special Secretary, Information, Public Relations and Cultural Affairs and Grievances, Haryana said that 18 countries had confirmed their participation.

Hampi Utsav postponed

The annual Hampi Utsav to be held on Juary 27, 28 and 29 has been postponed due to technical glitches, said Tourism Minister Anand Singh on Thursday. He said that the Utsav will be now held on February 27, 28 and March 1.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Activists of All Bodo Student's Union protesting to demand the creation of a separate state...

Activists of All Bodo Student's Union protesting to demand the creation of a separate state...

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee gymnast Dipa Karmakar and Dronacharya award winner coach...

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee gymnast Dipa Karmakar and Dronacharya award winner coach...

A newly inducted Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel quenching his thirst...

A newly inducted Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel quenching his thirst...

A view of decorated Shivalinga at Somnath on Tuesday...

A view of decorated Shivalinga at Somnath on Tuesday...

Workers transport an idol of Hindu god Ganesh on a cart ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival...

Workers transport an idol of Hindu god Ganesh on a cart ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival...

Actress Katrina Kaif during a promotional event for her film 'Baar Baar Dekho' in Jaipur...

Actress Katrina Kaif during a promotional event for her film 'Baar Baar Dekho' in Jaipur...

Former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath poses during a promotional event in Kolkata...

Former Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath poses during a promotional event in Kolkata...

Victor Banerjee with actress Raima Sen and Argentinian film director Pablo Cesar...

Victor Banerjee with actress Raima Sen and Argentinian film director Pablo Cesar...

Actor Milind Soman during a press conference to promote Pinkathon run in Jaipur on Tuesday....

Actor Milind Soman during a press conference to promote Pinkathon run in Jaipur on Tuesday....

Sand artist Manas Sahoo creates a sand sculpture on the eve of local self governance day in Puri...

Sand artist Manas Sahoo creates a sand sculpture on the eve of local self governance day in Puri...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523