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Nalanda to have an ‘Art Village’

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is constructing an ‘Art Village’ in Nalanda on 64 acres of land, reports Reena Sopam.
Hindustan Times | By Reena Sopam, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2007 07:58 PM IST

Tourists may find a new attraction in Nalanda. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is constructing an ‘Art Village’ in Nalanda on 64 acres of land.

Conceived on the pattern of art centres of ancient period, the ‘Art Village’ will offer tourists an opportunity to see live creation of handicrafts by the artisans of the region. Besides, the tourists would also be able to see performing arts at the open air theatre and visual arts at the exhibition hall. The ‘Art Village’ is being built up at a budget of Rs 1.50 crore under the supervision of Nav Nalanda Mahavihar, which is the nodal agency of the project.

Confirming this, Nav Nalanda Mahavihar director Dr R Pant said that the ‘Art Village’ would be developed on 64 acres of land around the Hieun Tsang Memorial Hall.

"The idea is to give tourists, especially from foreign countries, an idea of the richness of arts and handicrafts of India. In ancient times the entire village used to be involved making handicraft items. Here we are trying to recreate the same ambience," Dr R Pant said.

The Nepura village near Nalanda is famous for skilled weavers, while Vaishali is also known to have good cane artisans. Likewise many other areas are specialising in one or other kind of handicraft. The ‘Art Village’ would also provide artisans with accommodation, he added.

He said the project would also help preservation of local handicrafts. In absence of any exposure and incentives a number of artisans of the region has either shifted to other profession or are languishing in penury.

The master plan of the project prepared by the ITFC official, RK Safaya also consists of open air theatre for performing arts. Tourists will have an exposure to the Indian art forms and even workshops would be organised for those interested. There will be a hall for art exhibitions also, Dr Pant said.

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