Majid Mir— the National Awardee who invented the technique of bringing calligraphy on to Pashmina through Kani weaving.
Indian PM, Narendra Modi, kissed his hand and told him, "This is the most precious hand I have ever seen which created such a mastery." Meet the master at India Craft Week 2019.
Coming from a lineage of 700-years, his family is into Kani weaving for ages. He is also known as the revivalist of Calligraphy technique long lost, as the family has been tirelessly working towards preserving this rare crafts.
Known to present most of world dignitaries India's most exotic shawls, his weaving has become synonym to 'Finest Weaving in Pashmina'.
Gajam Govardhana was born on 1 September 1949 in the small village of Putapakka in Nalgonda district of the south Indian State of Telangana, part of former Andhra Pradesh. He heads the Padmashali family which keeps the Telia Rumal tradition alive and provides work for 500 looms in the state. He runs Murali Sari Emporium, a favoured shopping place for celebrities such as Sonia Gandhi, Shabana Azmi and Sheila Dikshit among others.
Govardhana is credited with several articles and publications. He is also a recipient of many awards such as UNESCO Award for excellence (2002), National Master Weaver Award (2006), Cheongju International Craft Biennale award and the Shilpa Guru Award (2007). The Government of India recognised his services to the art of weaving when he was included in the 2011 Republic Day honours.Awarded the Padmashri in 2011, Govardhana is renowned for the innovative use of techniques like ikkat and telia rumaal. He is also credited with uplifting the standard of living of weavers in the state.
Ram Gopal Saini is renowned craftsmen in Jaipur Blue Pottery. Born in 1963, after finishing his PHD in Blue Pottery, he decided to continue doing Blue Pottery Craft. It’s been 30 years since he is doing blue pottery and got many renowned awards like National Award by President of India and Shilpguru Award by Govt. of India. He had participated in many exhibitions and events till now and took many workshops nationally and internationally.
The Jaipur blue pottery made out of an Egyptian paste is glazed and low fired. This pottery is opaque and mostly decorated with animal and bird motifs.
Dilip Rama Bohotha was born in 1975 and grew up in a Chritian family in Varkhande, a small village in the Thane district about a hundred kilometres north of Bombay. He has studied in the school run by the Jesuit Fathers of Talasari Mission.
One could presume that the tradition of paintings among the Warlis, like the ones Dilip does, goes back to early painting on stones and walls like the ones in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora about 300 kms from Dilip’s birthplace. The tradition of depicting scenes of the village life on walls of the houses seems to have remained uninterrupted and is thriving to its day.
In his early days as an emerging artist he was selected for Artist residency in Germany where he spent four months painting and exhibiting. He is a full-time artist and travels all over India to participate in the art exhibitions.
Lalita Vakil is a Master Crafts Person specialising in Chamba Rumal Embroidery. Lalita ji uses her expertise to train the younger generation to learn the craft and therefore increase their employment opportunities.
Whereas traditionally Chamba Rumal Embroidery was done on only muslin, Ms. Vakil has developed new designs for fabrics such as silk, tussar and voile. Bringing together the traditional and the contemporary, her willingness to experiment and launching new designs has added a new life to this dying art.Ms. Vakil has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in India and internationally to promote and preserve the art form of intricate and beautiful embroidery. Lalita ji was awarded the Shilp Guru & National Award in 2009, for which she has made five new innovative pieces of Chamba Rumal Embroidery highly appreciated by the ministry of textiles.
Shah Rasheed Ahmed Quadri – hailing from a well-known family engaged with Bidri Craft that long practised by his forefathers, Rasheed practised under his family elders until 1970, when he started working independently, introduced various, new self-designed patterns, played a vital role to develop the Bidri Craft.
Rasheed has won numerous awards for his work over the years, including The State Award of 1984, The National Award of 1988, The Dist. Karnataka Rajya Utsav Award of 1996, and The Great Indian Achievers Award of 2004. Rasheed has also taken part in exhibitions and demonstrations across the globe, in destinations such as Holland, Barcelona, Chicago, Bahrain and Oman. Meet the master craftsman at India Craft Week 2019.
Dalavai Kullayappa comes from a family specialising in this ancient art of making Leather Puppets for the past 3 centuries.
Leather Puppets are made in a sustainable way using goat leather. Tools like knives and hand blades are used to cut the design on the skin. Natural colours are then used to dye the puppets.
Being a UNESCO and a National Award Winner, Kullayappa plays a critical role in the revival of this dying craft. He was also conferred an honorary PhD from the University of Vietnam as a key contributor to the revival of leather puppetry.
Today, Kullayappa and his family have innovated their craft incorporating a utility range including Table Lamps, Wall Hangings, Tree Hangings, Partitions etc whilst still using the same craft and mythological characters from the Indian Epics
Rajendra Baghel is a pioneer in Dhokra Craft, a National Award Winner in 1996 and Kala Nidhi Award in 2003.
He has demonstrated his work many times in India and abroad. In India, he has participated in exhibitions held in Lalit Kala Akademi – New Delhi, Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, Mumbai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust – New Delhi, Crafts Museum, Dilli Haat, Shilparamam – Hyderabad, Surajkund International Crafts Mela, Bajaj Hall and Art Gallery – Mumbai, CIMA Art Gallery – Kolkata, Adi Shilp Festival – Dehradun, Jhitku Mitki Van Hast Kala Samiti – Raipur. And also in exhibitions held in the USA, Russia, England, Scotland, etc.
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A craftsman from Punjab has received the prestigious Shilp Guru Award by the Union Ministry of Textiles. Rupan Matharu of Hoshiarpur has bagged the award for the year 2016.
Adding another feather to the family’s cap, his son Kamaljeet Matharu has been awarded the National Award for Fine Craftsmanship. The duo was honoured at an award ceremony held in Chhattisgarh last week.Talking to The Tribune, Rupan said he had bagged the award for his entry of the wooden chest that he had crafted over years. He said, “It took me four long years to finish the finely carved wooden chest that was highly appreciated by the awards panel. The sheesham wood chest with fine acrylic inlay work was my entry for the award and it brought the honour that I had been dreaming of for several years.
Shri Machihan Sasa is a pioneer among the makers of Black Stone Pottery. Under his guidance, more than 300 individuals in his Nungbi village of Manipur have made a livelihood by learning & pursuing this craft.
Black Stone Pottery is crafted without a potter's wheel. The potters deftly mould an amazing range of earthenware in various shapes and sizes. The baked pots acquire a black colour and look almost like metal.
On 22nd December, 2004, Machihan Sasa received Special Award from the Governor of Manipur and also from the Deputy Inspector General of Assam Rifles (South) on 28th February, 2008. Machihan Sasa got the prestigious Shilp Guru Award which is the highest Award after the National Award in the year 2010.
Laxmi Lal Chhipa – a member of the Chhipa community of traditional hand-block printers and handloom dyers in Rajasthan.
For at least 400 years, Bagru has been home to the Chhipa — a clan whose name comes either from a Gujarati word meaning “to print” or from combining two Nepal Bhasa words: ‘chhi’ (“to dye”) and ‘pa’ (“to leave something to bask in sun”).
Hand block printing has been recognized as a craft through generations in different clusters India. Each cluster follows its distinctive style & methods, uses locally available natural materials and motifs of some specialty. 'Bagru' print is that kind of centuries old traditional art of hand block printing still alive.
Laxmi ji has been pursuing this craft since 1998 and teaching it to many others in his village since 2005. Meet the master craftsman at India Craft Week 2019.
Abdul Jabbar Khatri, comes from the traditional family in Kutch, Gujarat that has been doing 'Ajrakh Printing' for ages.
A National and International Award Winner, he has been instrumental in giving a fillip to the dying craft.
Experimenting with range of Natural Colors, and new techniques Jabbar Khatri has been working with contemporary brands and fashion designers to create wider reach and penetration of Ajrakh into mainstream textiles.
He has been doing this without changing the core of Ajrakh, and also bringing newer and innovative ideas that bring deeper shades in Indigo, and red colors.
Working from complex block printing, his aim is to increase production and engage and employ as many people in his village and surrounding.
Mahamaya Sikdar — the two-time National Award winner who feels kantha is more about storytelling that she ‘lives and breathes’ every single day.
From simple concentric shapes to intricate designs, kantha is a form of traditional stitching that originates from Bengal and goes beyond its patterns.
Having worked with established Indian designers such as Anita Dongre, Raghavendra Rathore, Sabyasachi et al, Mahamaya ji’s needles find their way around the cloth, and she lets her work speak for itself. Her massive Nakshi kantha sarees on the Ramayana won her the National Award both times. Meet the master at India Craft Week 2019.
Abdul Gafur Khatri – upholder of the fine ancient Persian art of Rogan painting which is often mistaken for printing. Seven generations of the Khatri family have been practising the art of Rogan painting, an ancient skill with Persian origins.
His family stands out, for they appear to be the only practising the little known art of Rogan painting.
It was 1983 and Abdul became so enchanted with Rogan that he promised his father he would take it to the international level. He fulfilled his promise when Rogan art was presented to (US President) Barack Obama on Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in 2014.
In 1988, he won State award and in 1997, the National award. It was Khatri’s intricate work on a saree that won him the National award. This year, he has been conferred with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour, by the government of India.
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Hailing from Ramgarh in Rajathan's Alwar district, OM Prakash Galav is also record holder for making world largest as well as smallest pottery in teracotta.
A National & International Award Winner, he comes from the Prajapati community, which is engaged in large numbers doing this particular craft.
He has evolved many new techniques in low temperature firing, natural glazing, and sculptural pottery pieces known as Kagzi, that is as light weight as paper but having the strength of terracotta.
Being youngest potter, he has many innovations in his name for bringing disruptions in traditional pottery techniques.
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