Visited friends yesterday.
Road trip, some 50 Km to Palampur area, to a small (but famous!) village called Andretta. It’s on the tourist map, thanks to the Shobha Singh Art Gallery and The Andretta Pottery Studio.
We do a day trip from Dharamshala to Andreatta as part of the 21 day workshop on meditation and pottery.
It’s an interesting experience to sit on traditional kick wheels and use terracotta clay. In a very village style environment!
Andretta is a production studio which also teaches pottery during a 3 month workshop once every year. This is more than just a workshop, as you get to stay in a beautiful house in the village with Mini and Mary. The house is filled with books on pottery, pots from great potters from around the world. Mansimiran Singh is the son of Gurucharan Singh (the father of pottery in India). Here is also one of the only museums on the theme of Pottery in India. A small shop where you can pick up pots, cups, vases is a treat for all the regular tourist groups visiting.
There is also a toy train that has a station at the nearby village – Panchrukhi (2Km from Andretta)
In Andretta is also a lovely mud building (made in the traditional mud construction styling) used as a writer’s retreat. Norah Richards was a British lady, far ahead of her times. She came to India and had a dream of setting up an artist community in this village. Here a little history about the place –