After visiting the Qutub Shahi Tombs I decided to go and see the Shilparamam Hyderabad. I had heard a lot about it and so I saved the best for the last. It is a village conceived with an idea related to arts and craft and to
preserve their traditional form. Though the idea was conceived in the year 1992, it was opened in the year 1998 on June 21. The visiting hours of this place are from 10.30 AM - 8.00 PM and the
entry fee for adults is INR 40 and for children is INR 20. Chargeable parking is also available.
Inside the premises is a rural museum depicting an Indian village and is enclosed with trees. There are at least fifteen huts constructed from thatch and baked clay promoting and depicting the
lifestyles and daily activities of the tribal. The village also has a lake where boating facilities are provided and the paddle boats and rowing boats are available for the interested parties. There is also a Rock Museum
showcasing the ecological side of Shilparamam and has many natural as well as man-made formations.
Towards the entrance is a picturesque landscape showing terracotta sculptures and ethnic motifs. There are unlimited stalls inside the premises where one can shop for a lot of handicrafts like
hand bags,carpets, toys, sarees, ghagras, salwar kameez,textiles from different states ranging from Sambhalpur, Tangail, Kashmiri, Paithani, Kanjeevaram, Tanjavavur, Dharmavaram, Madurai, Gntur,
etc. The traditional handicrafts are unique in designs and very beautiful. The Amphitheater shows a lot of performances from flute recitals to classical music and dance shows like Bhangra and
annual festival is held every year in the month of March and various artisans and craftsmen are invited to sell their products.
Shilparamam Hyderabad is a calm and serene ambience relating to cultural heritage and traditional values. It is the efforts of the state government to motivate our artisans and craftsmen and in
also preserving our culture. A fascinating and remarkable experience it had turned out to be and I headed to my Hotel Green Leaves for I had to leave.