Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited, (A Government of Karnataka Undertaking) was established in the year 1964 under Companies Act 1956. The objective of the corporation is to preserve, develop and promote handicrafts. Government of India and Government of Karnataka are the share holders in the organization. Karnataka State is richly endowed with widely practiced, accepted and acclaimed crafts since time immemorial. The major crafts are sandalwood carvings, rosewood inlay, channapatna lacquer ware & toys, Mysore traditional paintings, bidri ware, kinhal toys, Navalgund durries, stone carvings, other wood carvings, traditional jewellery, mirror and embroidery, banana fiber, terracotta, bronze icons, Pile carpets and many more.

Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited,

Welcome to Gurukula

KSHDC an Apex Body, established during 1964 for the development of handicrafts. Corporation has around 1,000 registered sandalwood artisans from Sagar, Sorab, Sirsi, Shimoga and Kumta.There are around 2,000 stone carving artisans spread across Shivarapatna, Karkala, Mysore, Sagar and Shimoga.

Benefits from Gurukula

  • Capacity building of youth.
  • Promotion and sustenance of traditional wood & stone carving.
  • Skill development and self-employment.
  • Revival of traditional art, rehabilitation of children of local sandalwood carving artisans and creation of master craftsmen.
  • Sourcing of artifacts by KSHDC from trained candidates.
  • Creates pool of artisans out of trained youth.
  • Creates direct & indirect employment.


  • Impart training in traditional crafts to the rural unemployed youth.
  • To enhance interest on craft amongst youth.
  • Capacity building and creation of Master Crafts persons.
  • Development of traditional wood & stone crafts.
  • Facilitation for skill employment & self employment through skill development.
  • Imparting training in alternate wood carving.

Courses offered

  • Free two years certificate course

Infrastructure Available

  • Training Centre, Hostel, Administration Block, Exhibition & Seminar Halls, Staff Quarters and Guest House.
  • Furniture - Training Centre & Hostel.

Areas of Training

  • Wood Carving (WC)
  • Stone Carving (SC)

Facilities Provided

  • Free boarding and lodging.
  • Free toolkits and raw materials.


  • 15 students for wood carving
  • 15 students for stone carving

Contact Details

Mr.Srinivas Shetty
Project Officer
Sandalwood Craft Complex,
Keladi road, Sagar - 577401
Contact No. : 91 9448529600