It's not just the end, but the means also that the Department of Tourism is concerned
about this month. So the way to the NAC is paved with 120 award-winning craftsmen
vying for your attention. And if you are now wondering what the NAC
has got to do with all this, then you haven't been yourself lately, haven't you?
The Department of Tourism is organizing a month-long crafts exhibition along with a sari festival at Shilparamam. The uniqueness of this exhibition is that only craftsmen who have received the President's award will display their crafts here, and so the displayed material will obviously be outstanding. The Department has sent invitations to about 180 award-winning artisans from across the country to take part, and about 120 have sent their acceptance.
Some of the items that these master craftsmen are going to display here (region wise):
North East Region: Tanka paintings, Himphai pottery, Phulosumi tribal dress
material, Lopcha weaving, coiled pottery, Sithal Patti, Kauna craft, and cane
and bamboo items.
Eastern Region: Madhuban paintings, Solapit work, Kanta stitch, mat weaving,
palm leaf engraving, stone carving, jute craft and Patta paintings.
Central Region: Wooden block making, inlay on marble, Chachikankar, Chican
embroidery, Kanduvan Chendui saris, Tarkashi and gold brocade shawls.
Northern Region: Ivory paintings, ivory carving, sandalwood inlay, golden
naqashi on marbles, Pichuuvai paintings, Chamba Rumal, miniature paintings, Kundan
Jadai work on stone, paper machai, Thewa art, Mithila paintings, Terra Cota pottery,
walnut wood carving, Pashmina Sojini shawls, Sojini Jamawar embroidery and hand
Southern Region: Wood carving, terracota jewelry, Pochampally and Kottakota
saris, straw craft, mat weaving, Kalankari, Tanjore glass paintings, traditional
Mysore paintings and bidriware.
Western Region: Dokra castings, vegetable dyed dress material, Ajrak print
dress material and Kolhapuri slippers.
Like we said, there will also be a "sari festival" wherein exhibitors will display various famous varieties of saris of Andhra Pradesh.
Please contact the Department of Tourism at 345-2492/311-1210 for further details.