The topography of Dakshina Kannada is filled with abundance of rocks. Hence stone carving and sculpture has naturally emerged as an important part of the artistic heritage of the region. The Shilpa Kala Shalas of the region are famous for their artistic finesse and are patronized by people from India and abroad.
The training programme in stone carving at Pilikula focuses on preserving this art of the people of the district.
So far 35 persons have been trained in stone carving at the Pilikula Artisans Village. The training is imparted by a Master Stone-carving Craftsman. All the 35 trained persons are working as apprentice in various units to pursue higher skills. They earn Rs. 120-Rs. 150 /- per day.
The following items are produced in the centre.
- Naga idols
- Idols of Gods / Goddesses
- Decorative items
- Showcase objects
The major training inputs provided are -
- Knowledge of stones
- Different kinds of tools
- Handling of tools
- Drawing and designing
- Simple Craving
- Vastu Shipa etc.