PM Modi lauded Channapatna’s toy hub in ‘Mann ki Baat’

Amid struggles of lockdown due to Pandemic and influx of Chinese toys, there comes a ray of hope which was attractive enough to be discussed on the National Platform of ‘Mann ki Baat‘ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Channapatna toys are a particular form of wooden toys (and dolls) that are manufactured in the town of Channapatna. Credits : livemint.com

PM Modi applauded Karnataka’s toy centre Channapatna.He also announced to push and back the toy manufacturers of the country. In a good response to it, State government of Karnataka has decided to set up India’s first Toy cluster in the northern districts is Koppal.

Town greets the visitors as ‘Welcome to Land of Toys’ on the Mysore-Bengaluru highway with this display sign while you visit Channapatna. But the joyfulness of this message doesn’t seems to be common in the place which earned the title of the ‘Toy city’ or ‘Gombegala Nagara’ in Kannada.

Struggling for Identity with five generation’s commitment Manjunath P. asked, “If Koppal is going to have India’s first toy manufacturing cluster, what about us? We have been the ‘Land of Toys’ for generations. Shouldn’t our town be the one to become India’s toy manufacturing capital?

His family had been working over since five generations in the business of making incredibly intricately Channapatna’s toys.

Venkatesh asked several questions one of  them was regarding his concern over his stress on the business. He is an engineering lad who came to the village to carry forward generations work, “Do we have to travel to Koppal to sell our toys? Do we have to train artisans to go there and manufacture Channapatna toys? This is our heritage, our culture, our livelihood. Will these trained artisans come back to Channapatna and continue this tradition?”

There are total of 1,500 artisans in the town but only few voiced the issue and talked about their concerns in the public. In the statement issued by Yediyurappa government said, “the Koppal cluster will be spread over 400 acres, with an investment of Rs 5,000 crore, and will provide 40,000 jobs.”

But this news came as a heartburn to all the artisans but government assured that it won’t threaten the originality and authenticity of the Artwork of making toys.

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