7 Mar 2024

Chanderi to be developed as tourism hub in MP; CM Dr Mohan Yadav dedicates country's first “Craft Handloom Tourism Village” Pranpur

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Dr. Mohan Yadav has said that the rich tapestry of Indian culture is deeply embedded in the historical city of Chanderi, permeating every corner and structure. He pledged an unwavering commitment to ensuring comprehensive development in Chanderi, leaving no stone unturned in the process. Dr. Yadav made these remarks during the dedication ceremony of the nation's inaugural Craft Handloom Tourism Village in Chanderi, Ashoknagar.

Cultural richness embodied by Lord Shri Krishna is yet to be fully realized

CM said Lord Shri Ram's temple in Ayodhya has been established and now the establishment of Lord Shri Krishna's temple in Mathura awaits. He expressed the belief that the cultural richness embodied by Lord Shri Krishna is yet to be fully realized. Dr. Yadav commended Prime Minister Shri Modi for elevating the Mahakal Temple's global prominence through the construction of Mahalok in its vicinity. Inspired by this initiative, the state government, under Dr. Yadav's leadership, is committed to enhancing the development of all religious sites.

Union Minister, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Steel Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the cultural heritage from Ujjain to Chanderi has a rich and enduring history of pride. While Tansen's city is Gwalior, Baiju Bawra's city is Chanderi. No stone will be left unturned to establish Chanderi as a tourism hub in Madhya Pradesh. 

Scindia visited “Craft Handloom Tourism Village” at Shuttle Chowk in Pranpur village. He interacted with the families traditionally engaged in handloom work in Pranpur village. After apprising himself about the specialties of handloom, Saris and suit clothes, he congratulated the families for preserving the art for generations and wished them a bright future.

Exhibition on handloom products of state was organised

An exhibition on handloom products of the state was organised by the Weavers Service Centre, Indore of the Ministry of Textile Government of India at the venue of the programme. In the exhibition, the state's traditional Chanderi Sari, Maheshwari Sari, woven cotton stole, Sarangpur Chadar, Chakdhariya Baiga Sari were displayed along with natural dyed and hand block printed Saris.

Striving to safeguard indigenous artistry of local weavers

Through collaborative efforts of the MP Tourism Board, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and the MP Government, the "Craft Handloom Tourism Village" in Pranpur-Chandepari has been meticulously developed at a cost of Rs 7 crore 45 lakh. 

The primary aim is to safeguard the indigenous artistry of local weavers and craftsmen while fostering avenues for product sales. An engaging center within the Craft Handloom Tourism Village project will enlighten tourists about local crafts and weaving traditions, enhancing their appreciation of these cultural treasures.

Marketing platforms are also being provided to weavers through fairs and exhibitions. Necessary facilities will be provided for online sales. Weavers will also be given training in skill development and marketing.

Pranpur: village of weavers and craftsmen

Pranpur village is a picturesque place in the foothills of Chanderi at a distance of approximately 4 kms. The specialty of this village is that most of the families in the village (in 243 houses) are associated with weaving art, their houses and working handlooms are still being used for two-three generations. Apart from this, there are more than fifty craftsmen in the village who are involved in crafts of bamboo, wood, stone, jewelery and clay. This is a centre of special attraction for tourists.

As part of the project, the village's old unpaved access road has been refurbished with locally sourced stones. Upon arrival, tourists can drive to a designated drop-off point within the village and embark on an enchanting tour. 

A dedicated parking area has been established for convenience. Additionally, a charming cafeteria named "Handloom Café" has been erected specifically to cater to tourists. Furthermore, public amenities and ample parking facilities have been provided, ensuring accessibility for all, including men, women, and people with disabilities.

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