SHILPARARAM

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Location : Madhapur, 14-km From Hyderabad
Significance : Crafts Village
Attractions : Melas, Boating, Stage Performances
Area : 50 Acres

Shilparamam is a crafts village at Madhapur, set amidst lovely rocks, rippling waterfalls and gorgeous lawns, about 14-km from Hyderabad . It was conceived over seven years ago with a determination to change the prevailing pursuit of culture as a leisure-time activity.

Shilpararam, Andhra PradeshA Tribute To The Traditional Creative Art
It plays host to myrid traditions of arts and crafts of India. It is a home to thousands of visiting artisans, a temple to thousands of performing artistes and a breath of fresh air to lakhs of art and craft lovers. It's a perfect place to be in if you are looking in for some crafts for decorating you living room.

With Craftsmen who chisel beauty on wood, carve wonders on stone, design beauty in mental, potters who spin marvel on the wheel and weavers who knit magic in fabric, the ambience here is that of a traditional rural habitat. It is a nearly a 50 acre landscape with a cluster of trees there and a stretch of grass here, a mini lake, a theatre, and ethnic cottages.

While some of the cottages are actually classrooms that teach everything from art to craft, others are showcases that help the crafts persons to sell their creations to a discerning market. At the heart of this picturesque crafts village, is an amphi theatre that has staged performances ranging from classical music concerts to flute recitals, 'Bharata Natyam' to 'Bhangra' and 'Perini' to contemporary English plays. Boating facilities are also available.

Celebrating Art
Apart from the daily melas, there are monthly and annual bazaars too, when artists from all over the country participate and exhibit their artistic wares. On a specific occasion or festival its own artifacts, related functional skills and supportive traditions are presented in a rejuvenated pattern.

This is a way of erasing the boundaries between theater, crafts, music, dance and poetry, and connecting them in such a way that each compliments the other with supportive relationships. Shilparamam also conducts camps and workshops for both tribal artistes and classical performing artistes.

Shilparamam has become internationally famous for the Annual Crafts Festival that is being organised in the first two weeks of March every year since 1995. During Dasara, the Navaratri festival is celebrated in October pompously to commemorate the valor of 'Kali' and related dance dramas are performed then.

Sankranti, the festival of harvest, in January welcomes the art lovers with its joyous fiestas of kite flying, Rangoli decorations and ritual dances. The Hyderabad Haat is organised once a month bringing exclusive crafts from different States of the Country. Griha Bhojan Centre offers the most diverse of traditional native delicacies of various cultures, cooked and served by women in the most traditional way.

HOW TO GET THERE

Air: Hyderabad being the capital city is well connected by air from all the important cities of the country.

Rail: Hyderabad has got its own railhead and is connected with all the major cities within the state and outside.

Rail: Regular bus service connects Hyderabad with all the important places within the country. For city transportation city buses, taxis, and auto rickshaws are also available.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the budget or star hotels in Hyderabad and Secunderabad.



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