Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is planning to build up project to provide rural artisans to sell their work of art to pilgrims and tourists visiting Nasik. This project will be called as "Kalagram".
At this anticipated project tourist will have an ideal marketplace and also a glimpse of the crafts and arts of rural artists. Expected cost of project will be of 12 crores and it will be taking space of 15-20 acres. At Kalagram, clothes, handicraft items, crockery, paintings, jewellery, village related items and much more will be available for sale.
Government has already provided Rs 4 crore for this project. The Kalagram is likely to be complete earlier than the approaching Kumbh Mela in 2015.
Regional Manager (Nasik Division), MTDC, Pradnya Bade-Misal said that they are planning to build up a Kalagram Project near Nasik with a purpose to provide opportunity of shopping for the tourists coming to in the city. Entire handicraft items, clothes, jewellery, paintings etc will be made from rural artists, available there. They are now searching a suitable land for the planned project near Nasik.
Additionally, a training institute will also be set up at the Kalagram. It will provide training to make crockery, jeweler, puppets and handicrafts. The tourists coming from entire country and abroad will enable to get benefits of various training courses. The aim behind this is to generate an environment that is instructive and revealing the public to local traditions and simultaneously establishing connection between purchaser and craftsmen, providing better prospect to the artists and craftsmen for marketing.
The project will also comprise of a special section for khadi promotion, open and covered stalls, a space for exhibitions, a conference hall, an amphitheatre, a restaurant and parking facilities.