Faridabad: The colourful Surajkund Crafts Mela which presents a unique amalgam of handicrafts, traditions, heritage and culture is back to mesmerize the masses. The 26th annual handicraft fair based on the theme ‘Assam’ is all set to be inaugurated by Lok Sabha speaker Meera Kumar on Wednesday.

The speaker will be accompanied by Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Haryana Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Sharma, informed Union Tourism Secretary RH Khwaja.

Khwaja further informed that Assam is participating in the prestigious fair for the second time. The state had made its debut in 1998 among the other north-eastern states. In order to provide the visitors a piece of Assam’s various colours, rites and rituals and artifacts, a replica of a bamboo house will be created at the venue. The family of Suresh Kolita of Kamroop district will reside in the house during the fair.

Moreover, in order to add an international zeal to the fair, Thailand will participate as a partner country at the fair and mix of both the cultures will provide a treat to the visitors.

It is to be noted, this is for the first time when all the SAARC nations will gather on a single platform .Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Maldives Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Congo will demonstrate their arts and handicrafts at the fair.

About 600 artists will participate in the fair spread over 30 acres of area. The fair is organised by Handicrafts and Handlooms Department in coordination with the Haryana Tourism Department which invites artists from all corners of the country.