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The mere mention of Konaseema in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh is enough to send one on a virtual trip and the mind recalls lush green fields with the paddy stalks dancing to the tune of the wind, endless rows of coconut Mini Konaseematrees and canals flowing with water. Undoubtedly, a sight that will remain etched in one's memory for a long time. Shilparamam, the Arts and Crafts Village in Madhapur on the city's outskirts is known for its innovative ideas, as a place that can offer people living in the concrete jungle a breath of fresh air.

The latest offering from Shilparamam is "Shilpaseema", an oval-shaped canal with an island in the middle, connected by a wooden bridge. This 10-acre stretch of land that has undergone a remarkable transformation, resembling Konaseema to the core, was unveiled to Hyderabadis recently. Enter this stretch and one is first greeted with lotus pond, followed by another small water body. Amble on, and one enters "Shilpaseema", with coconut trees all around, the enchanting canal with its sandy bund and a couple of boats waiting to take visitors on a ride they would surely cherish for some time.

"It took two months of work and about Rs. 15 lakhs to bring Konaseema here", says G Kishan Rao, Special Officer, Shilparamam. The Rs. 10 that we charge for the 20-metre long boat ride that takes 15 minutes is surely affordable by one and all", he asserts.

An interesting aspect of Konaseema is that the water bodies have been made entirely of rainwater that has been harvested during this season. Shilpaseema is in a valley between two hillocks in the pristine environs of Shilparamam. In all, 14 inflow ducts have been designed to bring water to the canal.

The most appealing factor is the absolute peace that one can in this part of Shilparamam. It may be recalled that while the village has typed it as a place for calm and quiet, the shopping arcades are quite crowded, especially during the festive season. People can simply walk in to this part of the village and let blissful calm envelop them.

(Read more about Shilparamam here)

Mohan G. Jagan

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