Photo Essay on Shilpagram, Shantiniketan

Shilpagram is close to Shantiniketan. It is a beautiful little gram (village) which is designed to showcase traditional handicrafts of states of Eastern India (Bihar, Assam, Orissa, Manipur, Andaman, Jharkhand etc). Each state is represented by a traditional house which has collection of paintings, daily use materials etc. The place is maintained neatly and has good collection of cultural elements. This village has been developed by the Rural Development Department, Government of India.

Below is a series of pictures taken in Shilpagram.

I was amazed seeing the highly decorated walls, and I thought how plain and drab my walls were!
Display of musical instruments (below) and fishing nets (above).
Intricate work in the head gear.


Model of house in Andaman on stilts(above), people at work (below).


So much of art work all around and some lying waste, rejected and unattended in corner.

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as on 24th Sept 2013.

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57 Responses

  1. Cloudia says:



  2. Haddock says:

    Nice pictures. As for the walls, one should be daring enough to venture into colouring them. Sometimes it will turn out real good (like this one in the first picture)
    Shantiniketan and its surrounds is one place that I have yet to visit.

  3. Sylvia K says:

    What a delightful, colorful place, Indrani!! I would love to visit there, but as always, your captures are the next best thing! These are terrific! Have a great week!

  4. ashok says:

    wow….really an amazing place!

  5. TexWisGirl says:

    beautiful masks and art. i love the painted cottage!

  6. Renuka says:

    Nice! Really interesting and unique place!

  7. The beautiful village. Wonderful paintings on the walls of the house.
    Thank you, with thanks to you I can see the beautiful decorations ..
    I cordially greet the Polish far.

  8. How artistic,. Beautiful captures…

  9. Spiderdama says:

    This is very beautiful and fascinating. I have never seen any walls like this. Great picture and place.

  10. Aditi says:

    Very pretty and artistic!!

  11. You are bringing out the beautiful hidden arts for those who may not visit this place.Thanks

  12. Beautiful and amazing!

  13. First picture is quite inviting.

  14. ladyfi says:

    Those walls are so gorgeous.

  15. Interesting place with nice art works. Thanks for sharing this.

  16. Pallavi says:

    Nothing compares to the beauty of rural India. Well captured Indrani!

  17. What a delightful unique place…wonderful!

  18. Immense latent talent and potential in rural areas. Such exquisite beauty, artistry & craftsmanship. If properly harnessed and marketed can provide employment on a big scale as well conserve the local art.

  19. magiceye says:

    A lovely place indeed!

  20. A virtual feast for the eyes

  21. Nice Collection, Lovely place

  22. Great art!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  23. Some really good pictures…. great perspective!

  24. loved the pictures!!! really mesmerizing

  25. Infact Shilpagram stole the show from Sriniketan. Nice pict. and matching narration. A weekly mela of handicrafts were there that was also nice.

  26. Fun60 says:

    That first house is so decorative.

  27. Najm Nisa says:

    These colorful walls remind me of the beautiful painted murals on Bangalore roads . So lovely. So vibrant. Just wow.

  28. Love the house and great photos for OWT ~ carol ^_^

  29. OMG, such a lovely place. surely, I will visit someday 🙂

  30. Jeevan says:

    What a beautiful place to visit and learn various culture and traditional art. Wonderful photos and pretty wall designs… Dakshinachitra is a place near Chennai where they showcase the traditions of south Indian states .

  31. Serene and Green! lovely place.

  32. Brilliant…yeah…takes me back to those golden days! Sigh

  33. Al says:

    That is indeed beautiful, frozen in time.

  34. Nisha Jha says:

    I must visit this place one day. I loved the decorated walls & windows. 🙂

  35. So beautiful post and great photos.

  36. Rajesh says:

    Beautiful. I would love to be there some day.

  37. Indrani the first pic of that beautiful house has taken my heart-cute!!!!

  38. A wonderful place and beautiful pics. I loved the one with I guess Ma Durga's Face. such a diverse and beautiful culture we have and so rich in art. It is nice to get to know such places through wonderful blogs like yours.

  39. Fabulous photographs that mirror a great culture. Thank you!

  40. eileeninmd says:

    What a beautiful place, the house and walls are lovely. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  41. Indiawilds says:

    That is a lovely place. Good to know that you have been there. The images convey a lot about the place.

  42. Wow Beautiful Indeed..Simply Awesome Art Village as the name stands.. 🙂

  43. Ash says:

    What a lovely place!

  44. DeniseinVA says:

    Wonderful decorative features, great photos!

  45. Nice inspirational article Indrani and nostalgic too!

  46. Reader Wil says:

    Lovely, colourful photos of a beautiful place in our world!

  47. Your posts are always so interesting and love the way you illustrate them!

  48. I really like how decorative the exterior walls are.

  49. Pearl says:

    neat place to visit. colorful walls for sure.

  50. Simply loved the colors and the greenery around it.

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