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Aesthetic Traditional Crafts Shilparamam Crafts Village, Madhapur, Hyderabad is the place to accomplish your thirst with traditional customs. One of Hyderabad's sightseeing places, Shilparamam is now hosting its 7th Annual All India Crafts Mela. It was inaugurated on December 16 and has been declared as the National event by the Government of India. Ministry of Textiles, Government of India with assistance of the Development Comissioner of Handicrafts and Handlooms is organising the mela.

Colourful Display of Embroidery The village and surroundings of Shilparamam gives a welcome break from the routine of our mechanised world. All traditional and folk varieties of India can be seen under one roof i.e., Shilparamam.

Elegant Pottery and Table

About 450 artisans from across the country are participating and displaying their work. The articles available are artistic metalware, bidri, wood and stone carvings, terracota pottery, embroidery, traditional brass vessels, Zari Sarees, Tanjore paintings, paintings from Mysore, wooden toys, leather goods, agate jewellery and much more. Sprawling over 50 acres, all the stalls are form a colourful display. The other articles that draw attention are jewel cases made of stones from Varanasi, Madhubani paintings, exquisitely designed leather lamp shades from Andhra, wooden toys from Rajasthan, idols made of soap stone from Tamil Nadu, dishes made of radium-like glass and silver jewellery from Maharashtra.

Artistic Terracota treasure"I came to Shilparamam to display my Terrakota crafts. I am making good profits with this mela," says Gandalal from Haryana.This time he made a 'Tabla' (to showcase in almirahs) in his own Terrakota style. A stall displaying batik paintings received immense response. "All short pieces were sold out. We have no single piece to show you. I haven't ever recieved so much response to my crafts," said Pallavi Kulakarni, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Textile crafts form the dominant part of the mela. Artecrafts from Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan with chikan work, mirror work shawls and kurtas are on display with costs ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 5000.

Many cultural programmes are being organised to entertain the visitors in the evenings. The opening day witnessed Kuchipudi performance by Alekhya to the soulful ghazals rendered by Devi Ramana Murthy. Moreover, one can counter the cold evening with warm foods here. Spicy Chaats, Kachori, tikkis, pani puri, bhel puri, dosas, sweets and varieties of dishes are available to cheer up the visitors.

The 'Mela' will be open for public from 8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. till December 31.

Read more on 'Shilparamam' in Sightseeing section.
- Krishna Chaitanya Karanam
Photographs by: Devadasan K.P.

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