Channapatna, a small town in the southern state of Karnataka is known for its beautiful, vibrant wooden toys, enthralling children and tourists for years. It is popularly known as Gombegala Ooru, literally meaning a ‘Toy-Town’ in Kannada. This 200 year old legacy, believed to have been the art of Persian toymakers is today a fine model of public–private enterprise - leveraging local talent, providing livelihood to many families and putting India on the global craft map. The images project a visual narrative of how a master craftsman transforms a piece of wood to a colourful wooden toy.
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