The Banjaras were a common sight on the roads of the city a couple of decades back. The nomads who moved from Rajasthan to the south in Hyderabad have eked out a livelihood by selling various things in villages and cities. With time, their community has undergone changes, and many are well-educated and settled in city life. To reckon their contribution, the state government has come up with a building exclusively for the Banjara community, well, in Banjara Hills.
The walls of the completed building are full of colorful graphics of Banjaras showcasing their vibrant attires and unique jewelry. Obviously named the Banjara Bhavan, it is spread over one and a half acres of land and will be inaugurated soon. The community members will be able to book the place free of cost.
The building will serve as a cultural hub for the community and is equipped with three large rooms that can be used as shops by the community. The Banjaras can sell their clothes and jewelry and have exhibitions there. A huge space has been set aside for a museum, housing various historical and cultural artifacts of the Banjara community.
Space has also been set aside for a function hall that will accommodate 1000 to 1500 people. The hall also has a balcony area that will soon be fitted with 100 comfortable seats. Then there is a kitchen, a dining area that can take 800 to 1000 people. Then, there are several meeting areas where members will be able to host business meetings. There are also spaces for VIP visitors and other small spaces.
The building is likely to be thrown open in about three months.