WHAT THEHEEBEE SAYS:
Shilparamam is an arts, crafts and cultural village located in Hyderabad. In the recent times, it has become one of the very popular tourist spots of the city.
It presents various traditional arts and crafts from all over the country. The Rural/Village museum beautifully creates different aspects of Indian village life. This also displays the rich cultural and art heritage of India.
Shilparamam is also a home for various performing artists. There is a well-maintained auditorium where various art and music performances are held regularly. They have also made beautiful small houses as accommodation for the artists and performers.
Many cultural programs are organized during festivals like Sankranthi, Dussehra etc.
The state government established Shilparamam to promote and preserve Indian arts and crafts and to motivate the artisans. The whole establishment spreads over 65 acres of land surrounded by the busy and the busting High-Tec City of Hyderabad.
There is a small shallow, man-made pond inside the premises where tourists can enjoy boating on paddle-boats.
There is a snacks bar near the artisan shops where the tourists can get refreshed with snacks, ice-creams, and flavored milk.
Entry, Fees, Parking:
There is enough underground parking space available in an adjacent complex. Ticket costs are nominal at Rs 40 for adults and Rs 20 for children. It remains opens from 10.30 AM to 8.00 PM.
This is one of the main attractions at Shilparamam. They have beautifully created a mini Indian village. There are life-size huts made out of the natural materials like clay, bamboo, and hay. Life-size statues are created depicting the different art and culture heritage of Indian villages. They depict the skills of different artisans and lifestyle of an Indian village. It is a way that takes the urban population through a glimpse of the rich rural heritage of India.
Children also enjoyed live puppet show in this section.
Children Play Area, Wooden Swings, Rabbit & Birds:
At the far end, there is a child play area with slides, swings, and monkey-bar. Children were having fun here while the adults took some rest.
There are traditional wooden swings here. The experience was thrilling for children.
There are few small cages with rabbits and birds. Children had fun watching them.
A small man-made shallow pond with boating facility is another crowd puller at Shilparamam. It has around 4 to 5 self-riding paddle boats which the visitors can have fun with.
Boating costs Rs 30 per person. Life safety jackets are mandatory for boat rides.
Snacks and Ice-creams:
A small snack parlor in the center of the premises boasts of one of the best ice-creams in Hyderabad. We relished Ice-cream, Kulfi and Flavored milk by 50 years old “Masqati Dairy“. The taste was a class apart! The snack parlor serves fast food like sandwiches, pizza etc.
Any crafts & art lover will get astonished at the sight of the beautiful hand-made and traditional-looking elements being sold by the artisans at Shilparamam. The shopping area is like a traditional bazaar where shops are like makeshift tents. Tradesmen and artisans from all over the country have put up stalls selling handmade jewelry, furniture, porcelain utensils, hand-woven sari, shawls, hand-made wooden toys etc. There are few Mehandi stalls as well.
The whole premises boasts of the greenery. Big trees and shrubs provide the much needed shade and relief. Beautiful landscape lawn is a pleasant sight for the eyes.
The areas that need immediate attention:
- Cleanliness: It was very disappointing to see that not enough care was taken to keep the place clean. Cleanliness in the walkways, areas of attraction, children play area, pond etc needs to be looked at immediately.
- Vehicles inside premises: This was the biggest disappointment. It was a complete contradiction to what the place depicts about it. Some vehicles were freely moving inside the premises and completely spoiling the expectations. Authorities should take this to immediate attention and prevent vehicles in the premises.
- Many areas closed: There were many areas which were closed. The visitors could not get to enjoy the complete Shilparamam. There were just bamboo sticks placed to prevent the entry of visitors. This was also a very crude way to indicate “No Entry”. Authorities should look at this.
My three learnings from this visit:
1). India always had a rich culture and heritage and it still continues in spite of any amount of modernization that India has gone through.
2). People around one or two generations back used to live a much simpler yet happy life.
3). Creating a green space is not enough. Human beings should ensure that it is not polluted.