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Art and Craft in Sindhudurg

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Shilpagram Sawantwadi

Sindhudurg is a coastal area in South Maharashtra bordering Goa, known for its idyllic beaches, unique blend of coastal cuisine and a number of simple local owned / managed stays.

At Sawantwadi a sincere attempt to revive traditional Ganjifa art, the Queen has made provision for skilled artists and master craftsmen who work within the palace. They painstakingly hand-paint and design intricate Ganjifa cards, a game dating back to the Mahabharata, while another team of skilled craftsmen sculpt out wooden lacquer toys, wood sculpted vegetables and fruits and other interesting bric-a-bracs. When you stroll down the Sawantwadi market, guest will find traditional craft which make wonderful gifts and souvenirs to take back home.

Another key cultural attraction is the puppetry of Pinguli. The Thakar Adivasi Kala Aangan, an art arena created by Culture Aangan at Guddipur village, Pinguli near Kudal is a 'must do' for art enthusiasts. Besides a visit to the art gallery, the artists would be more than happy to organise a short performance when given prior notice. For local theatre lovers, the Dashavatar performances depicting the myths and legends of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu is a veritable treat of rural cultural heritage.

Season: Best time to visit is from October to March

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