Visitors throng ‘Telangana Store'

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Crafts and more: ‘Telangana Store' at the 71st All India Industrial Exhibition in Hyderabad.
Crafts and more: ‘Telangana Store' at the 71st All India Industrial Exhibition in Hyderabad.

One stall in the ongoing 71 {+s} {+t} All India Industrial Exhibition with probably the highest number of footfalls is the diminutive ‘Telangana Stores', a brief walk from Gandhi Darshan Hall. The store is bustling with crowds, be it buyers or just curious visitors, quite a few of them shouting ‘Jai Telangana' as they leave.

Set up by a group of student-activists from Osmania University, the stall has a range of traditional products from all the ten districts of Telangana. Notable among them are saris from Pochampalli, Gadwal, Kothakota, and Narayanapet, handlooms from Bhongir, Kotakonda, Sircilla and Siddipet, carpets from Kothavada, and ‘khadi' from Vavilala. The famous Nirmal paintings and toys, brass artefacts from Pembarthi, filigree works from Karimnagar and more are showcased as an evidence of the Telangana traditional craftsmanship. “Many do not know that Kosgi in Mahabubnagar is famous for its woollen blankets which are exported to European countries after due finishing. Nor do people know that Kodakandla of Warangal is a producer of towels, blankets and lungis,” says V.Vittal, a Ph.D. scholar who is the brain behind the stall. Also on display are mouth-watering delicacies from Telangana. Telangana literature, CDs and DVDs too are part of the store, apart from key chains, calendars, T-shirts, watches, pens and notebooks that are branded ‘Telangana'. All the counters are manned by the university students pursuing courses such as B.Tech. and M.B.A. in the university. Telangana Stores (Ph: 95333 27563), with its head quarters at Mehdipatnam, will tour all the ten districts in the coming days to establish contacts with local producers, as part of the ‘Telangana Public Identity Project', he said.



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