Hastashilpa Heritage Village
Hastha Shilpa Heritage Village is situated in Manipal, Karnataka. This heritage village is the brainchild of Vijayanath Shenoy, previously a bank employee with a fascination for elegant structures . With assortment of wooden artifacts and other remnants he had salvaged from the ruins of old structures in Dakshina Kannada and neighboring districts, 'Hastashilpa' was created. Hastashilpa is a fusion of a variety of architectural elements, recapturing the style of the traditional homes of the region on a hillock in Manipal.
The village extends to an area of about six acres, with eight museums. The museums display arts, crafts, paintings, and textiles of the region. The heritage village also houses a recording studio that preserves the video and audio tapes of the various vanishing folk art forms, a library, and a detailed documentation centre. The life and works of the cultural celebrities are displayed in the gallery. There is a well-equipped experimental theatre and an arts and crafts production-cum-training centre.