Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village at Manipal, a university town in the coastal region of India's Karnataka State, is a multi-dimensional cultural project which aims at restoration and conservation of the nation's cultural wealth expressed in the form of traditional buildings and objects of art
, craft and other artefacts of aesthetic interest, some dating several hundred years ago.
A brainchild of Vijaynath Shenoy, a retired banker who converted his own home into the Hasta Shilpa Museum, the Village is managed by the Hasta Shilpa Trust. Over the last decade, the Trust has relocated through the process of restoration 26 structures of immense architectural merit and fine craftsmanship. It is, indeed, a veritable treasure trove!
This apart, almost all the physical properties like old furniture, metalware utensils, ritual objects and other household articles and royal heirlooms that were earlier used in these traditional buildings and acquired by the Trust, were displayed in their appropriate places in respective buildings. Thus the Trust was able to recreate the period and depict the lifestyle and culture
of different communities of people in various geographical locations over several periods of history.
Besides the relocation of restored structures and creation of museums and art galleries, the Trust has also recreated in its Heritage Village traditional market place, artisans' workshops, crafts bazaars and petty shops all lined on either side of the roads, streets, lanes and bylanes to create the ambience of a century-old Indian village. The tools and products that are displayed in these bazaars have all gone out of use now.
Since the restoration work at the Village is still under progress, the visitors will now have access to only eight restored heritage structures relocated in the Heritage Village and along the route; visitors would be shown certain open air exhibits as well as exteriors of certain structures.
Morning session : 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Afternoon session : 02:30 PM to 5:00 PM
The Village is closed on all Mondays .