Shilpagram, also known as Srijani Shilpagram, is situated in the Santiniketan region of West Bengal’s Birbhum District. In addition to learning about India’s traditions and culture, tourists may interact with artisans from different states of India at this site.
The foundation of Srijani Shilpagram
Srijani Shilpagram, the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre’s cultural village, is located in Birbhum, Santiniketan, West Bengal. This facility, which spans over 26 acres, houses nine museums in the form of customary huts from the EZCC’s member states: Bihar, Assam, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and West Bengal.
Traditional architectural characteristics and styles are incorporated into the huts. In the traditional huts created at Shilpagram, there are around 1000 objects in the collection. The acquisitions date back over 25 years. Achieving an accurate portrayal of each state’s culture and historical background within each cottage represents each state as a separate entity connected to all other states of the Zone.
The Shilpagram’s serene natural setting draws people, and now it is a significant cultural centre in the region. In Srijani Shilpagram, Bolpur, there is also a traditional art exhibition called ‘Adi Bimb.’ Birsa Munda, Laxman Nayak, Rani Gaidinlu, Siddhu Kanu, Tilka Majhi, and Tirot Singh are among the tribal legends of eastern India honored in the ‘Adi Kranti’ pavilions.
As the birthplace of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore, this little village attracts around 15,000 art enthusiasts and critics each week. Santiniketan is also home to Visva Bharati, a worldwide Performance Arts University. Santiniketan, Bolpur, has low air pollution because of its position on the outskirts of town, which aids in the conservation of antiquities.
Shilpagram’s primary emphasis
Srijani Shilpagram is a travelling exhibition that features homes, lifestyles, and craftsmanship from India’s Eastern and North-Eastern states. Srijani Shilpagram is a large complex planned to be a marketplace for rural craftsmen to trade their textiles and products. It’s a government-sponsored effort. West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Sikkim, the seven sisters of the North-East, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are all featured in Srijani Shilpagram, which began in 2008.
Srijani Shilpagram is a popular tourist destination
The earthen, bamboo, and hay cottages with stunning murals on the walls and depict everyday life in the gardens outside Srijani Shilpagram are an incredible treat to witness. Tourists can view India’s cultural heritage at Srijani Shilpagram. At nearby vendors, you may buy textiles, sarees, outfits, and handicrafts from these states. The artists of Srijani Shilpagram sell textiles and other items. It takes approximately two hours to travel the entire place and learn about India’s heritage and culture.
How to go there?
Srijani Shilpagram is linked to the rest of the world by roads and trains. Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal is the nearest train depot. It is also accessible by automobile. Toto vans, autos, and cabs can bring you close to Srijani Shilpagram.
Stay at Panthashala for an easy trip to Srijani Shilpagram
The Panthashala Guest House is one of the best guest houses near Visva Bharati, offering a wide range of amenities. Aside from offering stunning hospitality and delicious cuisine, guests can hire shuttle services to visit nearby destinations such as Khoai, Srijani Shilpagram, and many others. So your stay at Panthashala guest house will ease your sightseeing at Srijani Shilpagram.