Picture this scene of modern-day Hyderabad…..The Metro is zooming above, and the traffic is a non-stop train of cars, buses and two-wheelers below. High-rises are growing while the Flagships of IT, Pharma and Biotechnology companies are mushrooming in every available inch of space. People running behind time and having no or minimal knowledge of the skills and abilities of their ancestors or contemporaries living in rural setups. Amidst this entire hustle bustle, here is a warm welcome to a serene ethnic village called Shilparamam.
Shilparamam – The Ethnic Village
Shilparamam is an arts and crafts village set up in 1992. It is located 14 km away from the heart of Hyderabad at Madhapur, Telangana sharing space with huge companies such as Google, IBM, TCS and more. Spread over 65 acres this place is a one-stop place for exhibition cum sale of arts and crafts from different parts of India. It is also a mirror to the world of our Indian villages.
Two huge terracotta horses welcome you at the entrance. If you are impressed already, keep moving forward to see more amazing art-works inside. But before that lets us see what else Shilparamam has to offer.
The rural museum has 15 huts, made of mud and thatch housing life-size exhibits inside. These exhibits bring out rural/tribal flavor depicting day to day activities of the villagers and artisans. City dwellers can briefly relive the rural rife in these mud and thatch houses.
There is a small lake inside the village with two options Rowing and paddling to enjoy a ride in the still waters.
There is a rock museum created by Subroto Basu from Shantiniketan. This includes some sculpted rocks and few naturally formed rock formations.
Now to the most exciting and artistic part of Shilparamam, the exhibition cum sale section… Here is where you will find the arty stuff from across the country:
- Textiles/handlooms from Sambhalpur, Tangail, Kashmiri, Paithni, Peddapuram, Thanjavur, Madurai, Guntur, and the very popular Kanjeevaram, Dharmavaram , Kalamkari, Bandhini, Puna silk, Phulkari,Bagh print, Kantha, Gadwal, Hand embroidery saris, Mangalgiri, Venkatagiri, Patola Kota, Tussar, Kantha saris, Bagh print, Chanderi and Maheshwari saris.
- Embroidery lehengas from Gujarat,
- Embroidered bags, clutches, sling bags, backpacks, Handcrafted wooden toys such as Kondapalli
- Terracotta toys, key chains and the like
- Pottery in different hues
- Patachitra, Madhubani, Tanjore and other traditional Painting styles
- Handmade jewelry
- Mysore crafts
- Traditional, ethnic and contemporary footwear
- White metal products
- Brassware from UP
- Bamboo crafts from Manipur
- Pearls of Hyderabad
- Bidri work from Karnataka, and more….
You can visit the Art Gallery & Library, or check out shows in the Multipurpose Auditorium and/or involve yourself in activities at Common Facility Workshops and Research & Design Centre. There are accommodation facilities for both artists and visitors here.
There are five party avenues in Shilparamam with facilities to conduct weddings, parties and other functions.
- Shilpakala Vedikaha – an indoor and outdoor venue for local, national and international conferences, product launches, corporate events, film shooting, weddings, cultural performances and other events.
- Sampradhya Vedhika – has all facilities to conduct traditional Andhra Weddings and can seat up to 2000 guest at the same time. This indoor facility is a highly popular location since its inception.
- Shilpaseema, Rock heights, and Mountain Height are other marriage avenues with dining facilities for up to 2500 guests.
More activates you can indulge at this crafts village
While admiring or shopping for crafts you can also:
- Eat : Chat, Kulfi Pao Bhaji, Biryani and more mouthwatering street food in one of the stalls inside and outside the campus
- Get your pencil portrait done,
- Beautify your hands with temporary henna tattoos,
- Engrave your name in a grain of rice and have it packed in a special magnifying bottle
- Ride bullock carts
- Watch folk artists perform Thappatagullu, Pagati Veshalu Dappulu, Garagalu, Chindu Yakshaganam, Veera Natyam and Kolatam. Classical singing performances and Kuchipudi dance performances at the amphitheater right in the middle of the bazaar.
- Shop at the Night Bazaar as Shilparamam works round the clock(untill 1 a.m.)
- Take battery operated car tour around this amazing place
There are also some festivals held through the year attracting huge crowds. Cultural programmes are organized on all 10 days of Dusshera in October.
The harvest festival Sankranti is celebrated with great vigor here. Called Sankranti Sandadi, this festival sees colorful floor designs called moggu decorated with colors and flowers and awesome rural dance and song performances. Around the same time, a kite festival is also organized. Ugadi and Bonalu festivals are two Telugu festivals celebrated with gaiety.
All Crafts Mela is held sometime in December. It is held in collaboration with Development commissioners – Handlooms and Handicrafts and National Jute Board of Government of India. The state government also organizes cultural programmes of eminent artists in the evenings.
Artisans and weavers from nook and corners of India come here hoping to gain prominence and meet the final customers directly. They display their skills and merchandise in more than 650 stalls.
Time just dissolves away when you are here in Shilparamam. Try this place whenever you visit Hyderabad. You will be mighty pleased that you have experienced the kaleidoscope of art, culture, and tradition that is India at one go.