To recognise and reward such talent is one of the key foundations of the Surajkund International Mela. The most skilled artisans and craftspersons are awarded by bestowing upon them five different categories of awards. These prestigious awards are given to artisans and crafts person from India as well as abroad for their skill and proficiency in traditional art forms. The selection procedure involves constitution of a committee of eminent personalities in the field of arts and crafts. The selection is specific to the areas of promotion of heritage crafts. Most beautifully improvised craft, craft for promotion of national/state heritage etc.

‘Paramparagat’ hold the highest stature amongst the awards given to artisans from India. ‘Kala Ratna’ is given to foreign as well as Indian craftspersons for their skills in traditional art and craft.

‘Kala Mani’ and ‘Kala Nidhi’ is the honour bestowed on the craftsperson for their inimitable skills in arts and crafts. ‘Kala Shree’ is the award given to a craftsperson for innovation in their crafts. Hence, Each award is a distinction in skill and recognition for the contribution towards preserving age old crafts.