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President Pranab Mukherjee presents Shilp Guru Awards, National Awards to master craftspersons

Dec 10, 2016 08:13 IST

President Pranab Mukherjee on 9 December 2016 presented the Shilp Guru Awards and National Awards to master craftspersons for the year 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The recipient of the award included nine Shilp Gurus and 19 National Awardees.

The awards are given in recognition of excellent craftsmanship and the major role played by them in continuing craft as a vital part of the traditional heritage.

National Awards and Shilp Guru Awards conferred

List of Shilp Guru Awardees for the year 2015

Sl.No.

Name & Address

Craft

State

Region

1.

K Siva Prasada Reddy

Kalamkari Painting

Andhra Pradesh

Southern Region

2

Irshad Hussain Farooqi

Calligraphy in wood carving

Delhi

Northern Region

3

Rajender Parshad Bondwal

Sandal Wood Carving

Haryana

Northern Region

4.

Khatri Abdul Razak Mohmed

 

Ajrakh Hand Block Printing

Gujarat

Western Region

5

Abdul Raouf

Bidri Craft

Karnataka

Southern Region

6

Girish Kumar Rajsoni

Thewa Craft

Madhya Pradesh

Western Region

7

Pravakar Maharana

Stone Carving

Odisha

Eastern Region

8

Inder Singh Kudrat

Enamel of silver & Gold jewellery

Rajasthan

Northern Region

9.

Hari Charan Das

Cane & Bamboo

Tripura

North Eastern Region

List of National Awardees for the year 2015

Sl.No.

Name & Address

Craft

State

Region

1.

Punam Das

Mithila Painting

Bihar

Eastern Region

2.

Ramrati

Terracotta

Delhi

Northern Region

3.

Zameer Ahmed

Miniature Painting

Delhi

Northern Region

4.

Mohd. Yaqoob

Metal Embossing

Delhi

Northern Region

5.

Zahid Hussain Beig

Papier Machie

Jammu & Kashmir

Northern Region

6.

M Ramamurthy

Wood Carving

Karnataka

Southern Region

7.

Laxmidhar Subudhhi

Palmleaf Engraving

Odisha

Eastern Region

8

Biswanath Swain

Palm Leaf Engraving & Painting

Odisha

Eastern Region

9.

Jashobanti Meher

Natural Fiber Craft

Odisha

Eastern Region

10.

Abdul Ghani,

Block Printing

Rajasthan

Northern Region

11.

Vasudev Sharma

Miniature Painting

Rajasthan

Northern Region

12.

Jugal Kishor Chandel

Miniature Painting

Rajasthan

Northern Region

13.

Roop Kishor Soni

Silver Engraving

Rajasthan

Northern Region

14.

Akoju Venkateshwarlu

Silver Filigree

Telangana

Southern Region

15.

Munna Lal Soni

Metal Craft

Uttar Pradesh

Central Region

16.

Israr Ahmed

Bone Carving

Uttar Pradesh

Central Region

17.

Kunjbihari Singh

Gulabi Meenakari

Uttar Pradesh

Central Region

18.

Sohit Kumar Prajapati

Black Pottery

Uttar Pradesh

Central Region

19

Shri Haradhan Das

Copper Engraving

West Bengal

Eastern Region

Speaking on the occasion of the award ceremony, President Mukherjee said that proactive steps are needed to realise the full potential of Indian handicraft sector. Promotion of the same in both domestic and international markets would help in expanding the geographical reach.

As per reports, in the financial year 2015-16, the handicraft exports saw a growth of 16 percent. This growth is an indication that Indian craftsmanship is important in the International market.

The Shilp Guru Award consists of a gold coin and two lakh rupees, a Tamrapatra, an Angavastram and a certificate. On the other hand, the National Awards consist of one lakh rupees, a Tamrapatra, an Angavastram and a certificate.

The Shilp Guru Awards were instituted to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the resurgence of Handicrafts in India on 15 November 2002. On that occasion, the then President Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam honoured 10 masters of living traditions, responsible for the maintenance of the living cultural heritage of India.

Since then, 117 artisans responsible for maintaining craft traditions have been selected for the award.

The Shilp Guru Awards, National Awards and National Merit Certificate are awarded to a craftsperson only once in a lifetime. They are awarded to encourage master crafts persons to maintain excellence in craftsmanship and keep alive our old tradition.

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