And aside of the Parliament, here is perhaps the most complete representation of India.
On the occasion of the silver jubilee of the Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation, Lepakshi is organising a grand exhibition of handicrafts from 2nd to 16th March. Called the National Handicrafts Expo, it is being inaugurated by the Minister for Tourism, Dr J Geeta Reddy, and presided by Mohd Ali Shabbir, Minister for Information & Public Relations, on 2nd March. Anjan Kumar Yadav, Member of Parliament; P Janardhan Reddy, Member of Leislative Assembly; and Y Srilakshmi, IAS, Secretary for Industries and Commerce Department.
The exhibition will feature about 200 artisans from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur and Assam exhibiting various handicrafts and handlooms. Here is a detailed list:
Terracota from Uttar Pradesh
Black metal castings
Exquisite carvings in wood
Banjara hand embroidery & crochet lace
Hyderabad pearls & jewellery
Toys & Dolls from Kondapally
Rosewood inlay work furniture
Leather utility goods
Mirror work saris and dress material
Chikan work dress material and readymades
Exclusive khadi materials
Handlooms from Pochampally & Siddipet
Mangalagiri and exclusive dress material
Textiles and exclusive tie & dye bedsheets
Printed cotton & other range of textiles from Andhra Pradesh and other states
At the inaugural function, eminent artisans like Sripati (gold leaf painting), Eshwarudu and Sivaprasada Reddy (UNESCO awardees), Gurappa Shetty (Kalamkari) and Chalapati Rao (leather puppetry) will be honored by the Tourism Minister.
The entry is free. Special discounts are applicable on the products, and credit cards are accepted. The exhibition is open on all days from 10:00am to 9:00pm till the 15th of March. For further details, please contact Lepakshi at 2780-1936.