Updated: Sep 29, 2020
Channapatna is a little town in Ramanagara District of Karnataka and owns the sobriquet ‘Toy City’ or ‘Gombegala Nagara' in Kannada.
The outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic had dealt a crippling blow to Channapatna’s Toy Industry. Out of the nearly 200-plus toy making units, only 25 to 30 percent are functioning on a nominal basis owing to lack of demand for toys.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who gave thrust to local toys in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat', made a mention of the famous Channapatna toys and urged the country to turn their heads to locally made toys.