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All roads lead to Nirmal

S. Harpal Singh

The place has been added as an important tourist destination in AP


Naqqash artisans seek better facilites to attract tourists

Traditional designs changed to produce utility items




Brisk business: Naqqash artisans at work at the Nirmal.

NIRMAL (ADILABAD DT.): Inclusion of Nirmal town as an important tourist destination in Andhra Pradesh will be a sure step towards uplifting of the famous Nirmal handicrafts industry, assert the Naqqash artisans.

Recent developments like the opening of the new four-lane bypass road on the NH-7 threaten to push the traditional toys and paintings industry in this town into grave problems.

“Long-distance travellers, who earlier used to stop by our showroom do not get to cross the town anymore due to the bypass road. This unforeseen development can be countered only by promoting tourism in Nirmal town,” opines B.R. Shankar, manager of The Nirmal Toys and Arts Industries Cooperative Society Ltd., as he discusses the merits of Nirmal figuring on the tourist map.

“To attract visitor-customers from outside under the present circumstances, we need to provide good accommodation. Our showroom also needs to be modernised,” he adds.

About 50 families of the Naqqash artisans from this historic town are constituents of the society. Several attempts towards aiding them in the past had paid off and the artisans managed to eke out a decent living.

Good times

“Things were beginning to look up in the recent years. We were averaging sales of about Rs.35 lakh per year. By conducting design workshops in recent times, we had brought in changes in the traditional designs to produce more number of utility items,” the society manager explains at length.

The artisans now lay less stress on making very traditional items like jewellery boxes though they continue making toys and paintings. They bring out keyboards, CD and cell phone stands these days which find a good market even locally.

The Naqqash artisans also attach importance to modernisation of their showroom located on the old NH-7 road. “By spending just a few thousand rupees the government can give us an air-conditioned outlet,” hopes Mr. Shankar.

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