Hyderabad: The much awaited cultural space for the eastern part of the city – the mini Shilparamam near Nagole Metro station is undergoing final touches and racing ahead to meet the latest deadline of June 2. The finishing works such as flooring are going on at a brisk pace and the crafts and arts village is most likely to be thrown open for public on June 2 which is Telangana Formation Day. The works pertaining to entry gate, crafts village, landscaping, amphitheatre and other structures were almost done which will recreate a village-like atmosphere similar to the Shilparamam at Madhapur.
The construction of 40 stalls has been completed. These are to be allocated to artisans to sell their products and applications are already being received for the stall space. “We have received 60 applications for the 40 stalls though none of the stalls have been allocated so far,” said a Shilparamam staffer overlooking the works here.
A land of 10 acres was allotted for this project of which seven acres was used in the first phase for an amphitheatre, food court, water fall, entry gate, landscaping, arts and crafts stalls etc. “The remaining three acres will be utilized in phase two for construction of a Sampradaya Vedika which will be a venue to conduct events and functions,” he said.
All the works are taken up using nut and bolt technology as the project is located on Musi river buffer zone and permanent constructions can’t be made. However, foul smell from the river when water stagnates during summer can be a bad experience for visitors. As a measure to check this, the authorities have decided to plant fragrance emanating saplings like Sampangi to reduce the foul smell effect. Also, two acres land on the bank of the river was used for beautification works by the the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA).
This mini Shilparamam is jointly taken up by the Arts, Crafts and Cultural Society and HMDA on the lines of Shilparamam in Madhapur which is a popular destination for shoppers to buy products from artisans across the country. The one at Madhapur has a total area of 60 acres including the adjoining Shilpakala Vedika.
‘Plans to develop an artificial lake with boating facility’
The man behind creating Shilparamam, G Kishan Rao, special officer, Shilparamam, who is also the vice-chairman of Yadagirigutta Temple Development Authority, spoke to Telangana Today about the ongoing works and future plans of mini-Shilparamam.
*What is in offer at mini Shilparamam?
It is a replica of the one at the Madhapur. It has a crafts village, food stalls, amphitheatre, and cultural programs in the evening hours. We are planning to inaugurate all the facilities on June 2.
*How will be the stalls allotted to artisans?
There will be a public notice in newspapers in a week’s time. The artisans registered with commissioner of handlooms and handicrafts will be allowed to demonstrate their works and stalls will be allotted accordingly.
*How were stalls allotted to artisans at old Shilparamam?
The artisans who were there from the beginning are being continued at the Madhapur Shilparamam. But here as we are starting fresh and new artisans will be given a chance every three months according to the Government of India policy.
*What works will be taken up in phase two of the project?
There are plans to develop an artificial lake with boating facility and also a crafts museum, a cultural museum, and a village museum are in the offing.