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Preserving A Nation's Cultural Wealth

HASTA SHILPA HERITAGE VILLAGE at Manipal, in the coastal region of India's Karnataka state, is an open air museum and cultural complex which aims to restore and conserve the nation's cultural wealth in the form of traditional buildings and objects of art, craft and other artefacts of aesthetic interest. The brainchild of late Vijayanath Shenoy (1934-2017), a retired banker who converted his own home into an ethnographic museum, Heritage Village is managed by the Hasta Shilpa Trust. Over the last two decades, the Trust has relocated and restored 26 structures of immense architectural merit and fine craftsmanship. It is, indeed, a veritable treasure trove.