HASTA SHILPA HERITAGE VILLAGE at Manipal in the coastal region of India's Karnataka state is a multi-dimensional cultural project 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 Vijayanath Shenoy, a retired banker who converted his own home into an ethnographic museum, the 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.
Preserving A Nation's Cultural Wealth