Faridabad, February 4, 2017.

Egypt is participating as the Partner Nation of Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2017 that kicked off last Wednesday to showcase some of the most exquisite handloom, handicraft and culture diversity of India and other countries.

The Egyptian participants are presenting a wide array of spectacles, ranging from arts and crafts provided by a skilled team of artisans, to cultural displays in forms of song and dance by the “Egyptian National Folklore Troupe”, along with other attractions that complement the main theme of the Mela. During the Inauguration Ceremony which was attended by the Chief Minister of Haryana, Egypt’s Ambassador to India Hatem Tageldin highlighted that his country has always valued its friendship and strong bonds with India that extended through history as the two civilizations enriched the progression of the humanity. “For centuries, the peoples of our two great ancient civilizations have engaged in cultural and trade exchanges” he added.

Tageldin also said that cultural exchange is and will always remain as an important component of the excellent relations between Egypt and India. “The “India by the Nile” festival has been a major success where Egyptians experienced a glimpse of the Indian culture as many Egyptians have a great passion for exploring the Indian diverse culture. We are currently working on presenting to India the first edition of the “Egypt by the Ganga” festival in cooperation with the ICCR, which will offer Indians an exciting experience in knowing more about the Egyptian culture” the Egyptian Ambassador declared.

He stated that for the first time since the inauguration of the Surajkund Crafts Mela back in 1987, Egypt this year has the honor of becoming the Partner Nation during the much-admired festival organized by the State of Haryana. Egypt has always been keen to interconnect with India on a cultural, people-to-people level, especially when it comes to preserving and disseminating cultural heritage across the globe, as it has participated multiple times in the Mela throughout the previous years and as the Focus Nation in 2009. The Egyptian participation in this Mela not only aims to display the intricately fine Egyptian artistry, but also to support India’s sincere efforts to safeguard the continuum of skilled artisanship.

File Photo: Embassy of Egypt


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