SME Times News Bureau | 09 Nov, 2012
The President Pranab Mukherjee will present the Shilp Guru
Award and Sant Kabir Award for the year 2009 and 2010 to twenty Handicrafts
Artisans and eighteen Master weavers in New Delhi today, informed ministry of
Commerce and Industry in a release on Thursday.
Besides this, he will also present a total of seventy four
National Awards to master craftspersons and master weavers, it said.
Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles;
Kiran Dhingra, Secretary (Textiles); S.S. Gupta, Development Commissioner
(Handicrafts); and Monika Garg, Development Commissioner (Handlooms), will also
attend the award ceremony.
The Shilp Guru Award for the Master craftpersons was
introduced during the year 2002.These awards are conferred to legendary master
craftspersons of Handicrafts whose work and dedication have contributed not
only to the preservation of rich and diverse craft heritage of the country, but
also to the resurgence of handicrafts sector as a whole.
Each Award consists of one mounted gold coin, one shawl,
Certificate and a Tamrapatra. In addition, financial assistance to the extent
of Rs.6.00 lakhs is also given to each selected Shilp Guru Awardee to innovate
and create five new products of high level of excellence, high aesthetic value
and high quality befitting the stature of the Guru.
Sant Kabir Award has been introduced in 2009 and this award
is conferred on such outstanding weavers who have made valuable contribution in
keeping alive the handloom heritage and also for his dedication in building up
the linkages between the past, present and the future through dissemination of
knowledge on traditional skills and designs.
Each Sant Kabir Award consists of one mounted gold coin, one
shawl, certificate and a Tamrapatra. In addition, financial assistance to the
extent of Rs. 6.00 lakhs is also given to each selected Sant Kabir awardee to
innovate and create 10 new products of high level of excellence, high aesthetic
value and high quality.
National Awards to Master Craftspersons and master weavers
were introduced in 1965. The award comprises of a cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-,
a certificate, Tamrapatra and an Angavastrarm.
The Awardees of these two years represent almost all States
of the country apart from different crafts and weaving styles of different
locations in the country.
Out of the total twenty Shilp Guru Awardees, eighteen are
male and two are female.
For Handicrafts artisans, forty National Awards for the
years 2009 & 2010 will be conferred to a total of forty seven master
craftspersons including seven joint awardees. Out of these forty seven
Awardees, forty are male and seven are female. The main crafts in which Awards
will be given are Art Metal engraving , Wood carving, Sandal wood carving,
Stone carving, silver Filigree, Miniature Painting, Madhubani Painting,
Pattachitra Painting , Dhokra Craft, Bell metal, Phad Painting, Koftgari Art,
Blue art pottery, Bone carving, Batik Printing, Hand embroidery Kantha, Chikan
Embroidery, Enamel Kundan Jewellery etc.
For Handloom weavers, thirty four National Awards for the
years 2009 & 2010 will be conferred to a total of forty six master weavers
including twelve joint awardees. Out of these nine are female awardees. The
main weaving styles in which National Awards will be given are Cotton &
Jamdani Saree, Rangat Saree, Ajrakh Prints, Tantra in Tapestry, Patan Patola,
Paithani brocade saree, Muslin silks, Telia rumal, Himroo shawl, Karuwa design
saree, Chakdo, Hand block printed Bed Cover, Baluchari Saree, Tie & Dye,
Double Ikat Silk Saree , Pashmina shawl and Shreekshetia Wall Hanging etc.
Eighteen weavers have been selected to confer Sant Kabir award for the years
2009 & 2010.