HASTA SHILPA HERITAGE VILLAGE MUSEUM 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.
Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village Museum is currently managed by The Hasta Shilpa Trust which is a not for profit public charitable trust started by late Mr Vijayanath Shenoy. It is registered with the Government of Karnataka. It stands for restoration, conservation, preservation and promotion of India's fast-vanishing architectural heritage and material culture within the larger framework of the arts. It also supports the development of knowledge and human resources in the arena of the arts, crafts and culture.
In tribute to the extra-ordinary work done by late Mr Shenoy, The Hasta Shilpa Trust is proposing to convert an existing restored structure as ‘Vijayanath Shenoy Memorial Hall’.
The fund requirement to complete the said project, we request the general public, well-wishers and donors to participate in this noble venture. The budget is INR. 25 Lakhs.