India is well known for its rich heritage and culture. Historic cities like Hyderabad are like studs of a crown. But now due to modernization, most people do not even know about the history, richness and the traditional arts of our country.
Shilparamam, termed as the crafts village is made in the most ethnic way in midst of Cyberabad, popularly known as High Tech city and is developed with the motive of preservation and promotion of our country’s rich heritage and arts by our state government. It was started in the year 1992 and is spread over the allocated 62 acres of land to motivate the existing few artists to make sure that the present generation living in the concrete jungle understand and relish the beauty of ethnic India.
It is an ideal place for shopping and learning while munching the authentic andhra coastal village sweets and snacks made in front of us. There are spots to look at in the so called kaleidoscope of our county like the rock museum named as the ‘prakruthi raaga’ where one can witness the creativity of a sculpturers who have put in all thier meticulous efforts to bring up a picturesque village atmosphere .
The other places like Grameena (the food court),rural museum are a must places to visit to get the real touch of a village . The Grameena or the food court are located in the central part of Shilparamam enabling the visitors to taste the age old ethinic Andhra dishes which are served on a fresh banana leaves. The rural museum is one of the most attractive and highly appreciated place of shilparamam visited by many.It consists of huts constructed out of clay and thatched roof covered with palm leaves giving a perfect appearance of rural andhra. “Nikhila,a teenage city dweller who never visited a village was over joyed at the site of the huts and models made out of plaster which almost look live.” These models depicts the life of various tribals and artisans in the village. There is a separate recreational place for the visitors consisting of a green lawn and swings which are always filled with kids and elderly people doing some breathing exercise . Anuradha , a parent of a 6 year old kid said ”kids now a days do not have proper open space to play and run around due to the present appartment life style . I try bringing them here often so that they get to breath little fresh air and play around while I shop.”An old couple who reside few yards away from shilparamam say that they come here regularly as it makes them feel homely, specially the terracotta sculptures and the rangoli designs on the sun baked walls .
Apart from the above mentioned places, there are some party venues like the very famous Shilpakala Vedika which meets the requirements and standards from a local level meeting to an international event.Most of the film premiers, performances and product launches take place here .They also have a private dining area to meet the needs of their customers. There is another spot within the complex named saampradaya vedika which is the place where one gets to see royal Indian traditional marriages .
Another attractive place is the konaseema,which resembles the original place nested in the midst of water. The konaseema of shilparamam is true replica of Konaseema areas of Andhra filled with lakes,beautiful temples and greenery where private parties can be held . At this place one can see a farmer with a conventional bucket drawing water from a pond and another farmer with his oxen at work which can undoubtedly be confused for it to be live, men at work.
Shilparamam not only encourages the traditional arts but also creates a platform for the tribals and the rural folks to exhibit their talent .The most popular dance performed here are by the khoya people belonging to the hunting class and the dappu dance performed by the tribal folks . Apart from dances and cultural shows,many seminars and art exhibitions take place .
Shilparamam is one such place which has a festive look all round the year filled with melas like sankranthi mela,Bengali festival,Rajasthani festival,Jammu&Kashmir festival,South Indian festival,North Indian festival,West Indian festival,Folk awards,Saree mela and Dussehra utsav,Art competition,Diwali festival and All India Crafts mela held in the months of January to December respectively.
An Indian story is incomplete without festivals being celebrated stands apt for shilparamam as they celebrate festivals like The International Kite festival as a part of Sankranthi sambaralu,the telugu new year-Ugadi , Navarathri as a part of dussehra celebrations ect.There is a special wing seperated from the shopping area called the Training center where mostly the women are trained in special arts like jewelery making, mould making, embossed wall painting, sculpture making with Plaster of Paris, music classes etc for which they are charged. Competitions are also conducted in the festive seasons to bring up the competitive spirit amongst the learners. Added to the excitement all the best arts get a privileged place in the art exhibition.
India is very famous for the herbal treatments discovered by our historians and its forms the responsibility of the trained people to spread the knowledge for the betterment of human race. The state government keeping this in mind has allocated a beautiful piece of land for complete body rejuvenation and beauty treatments for women along with medical consultation.<pic 08>The above mentioned places form just half of the attraction which shilparamam carries. The major portion of attraction lies in the wonderful shopping arena filled with colorful stalls where one cannot stop shopping and craving at the attractive things at display, exhibiting the charm of their respective state.
It has stalls from all the states of India extending from kashmeer to kerala selling various things from accessories to sarees and ghagras to kurtas. Added to the shopping fun they have arranged a puppet show by trained people form Rajasthan, attracting a huge crowd and very often one can see kids dancing to the puppet tunes. For the convenience of the insomniacs they have arranged for a night bazaar where the stalls are open from 3 p.m to 3 a.m along with food stalls. Different themes have been planned by the authorities to make the night stalls even more attracting like the stone age, vedic age, sultanate and the authentic or the modern age making it different from the other night bazaars of the city.
A tourist commented with atmost satisfaction, relaxing on a rock, surrounded by shopping bags says “I carry not what I have shopped at shiplaramam but a traditional Indian heritage as a bundle of gifts to my friends in Chicago .”
On the whole Shilparamam is one such place which is ought to be visited by one and all for the compact experience of the whole country in just 64 acres of land and specially for a village thadka for the ones who have never been to with in a stroll of 3 hours.