Monday, November 3, 2008

Shilparamam in Hyderabad

Shilparamam is spread over 50 acres of land nestling by the hillside with natural slopes and wild vegetation studded by unique rock formations. The land was granted to the South Zone Cultural Center by the Government of Andhra Pradesh for the development of an idyllic rural setting. The efforts of modern landscape architecture inspired by rustic aesthetics-brick structures with thatched roof, walls decorated with traditional rangoli motifs-create an authentic village locale.

The village was conceived with an idea to create an environment for the preservation of traditional crafts. A festival celebrated at Shilparamam is a “reincarnation of arts and crafts” when artifacts, related functional skills and supportive traditions are presented in a manner connecting the boundaries between theatre, crafts, music, dance, poetry-each complementing the other.
Exhibition of art does not limit itself to the artifacts, but all forms of creativity. There is an open amphitheater where both experienced and amateur rural artists, musicians and dancers demonstrate their wide array of skills. The artists display their talents ranging from classical music, versatility in instrumental music, folk dances, classical dances and theatrical performances. The theatrical performances are not only in regional languages but also international languages including English, French, etc.

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