HASTA SHILPA HERITAGE VILLAGE at Manipal in the coastal region of India's Karnataka state is a multi-dimensional cultural project which aims to restore and conserve the nation's cultural wealth in the form of traditional buildings and objects of art, craft and other artefacts of aesthetic interest.
The grandeur of Indian tradition and culture is set to come alive with Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village in Manipal here expected to open soon. Managed by founder Vijaynath Shenoy, a retired bank employee, the Heritage Village aims at restoration and conservation of traditional buildings and objects of art, craft and other artefacts of aesthetic interest that are several decades old.
The Heritage Village is also considered as one of the largest and unique museum for folk arts. The village building is located in six acres of and, about one kilometer away from Tiger Circle in Manipal. Vijaynath Shenoy’s passion made him convert his own home in Manipal into the Hasta Shilpa Museum. He has been working since 1997-1998 on this ambitious project. The old houses at the museum, some even 100-year-old, tell beautiful stories. There are 28 such traditional houses in the Vijayanath’s project, The eight historical houses are Kunjur Chowkimane, Sringeri house, Vidyamandira of Ramchandrapuram Math, Kamal Mahal of Kukanoor, Deccani Nawab Mahal, Vaderahobli house, Byndoor-Nelyadi house, Mangaluru Christian house, Mudhol Palace Durbar hall and Nandikeshwar shrine. Kunjur Chowkimane is 192 years old.. While searching for such traditional houses, he found that nearly three houses had been accidently destroyed.
Gallery of traditional and folk painting, Narendra Babu Gallery and traditional textiles gallery are also on the anvil. Visitors availing the Heritage Village tour would be shown the interiors of eight structures including one open air museum, exteriors of fourteen structures and several streetscapes along the way.
Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village is open to public.
Tours are conducted in two sessions:
Morning: 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM
Afternoon: 2.30 PM to 5.00 PM
15 members are allowed for each session of the tour.
Children above 12 years of age are allowed
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