The President of India,
Shri Pranab Mukherjee called for constant endeavours to get handlooms
and handicrafts access to markets within India and abroad to fully
harness the inherent potential of our artisans and weavers. He was
speaking on the occasion of presentation of National Awards, Shilp Guru
Awards and Sant Kabir Awards today (November 9, 2012).
The President described handlooms as a precious part of national legacy
and said that this rich heritage has been kept alive by those
professionally skilled weaver households that are linked with the
age-old tradition of weaving. Every part of India, every province,
district and almost every single village has a cherished craft tradition
of its own, he said.
On the occasion, the President congratulated all the awardees present
for their contribution in preserving, promoting and enriching the
traditional and cultural heritage of our country. He added that he was
confident that the recognition for their workmanship should inspire and
encourage others to work hard and emulate their efforts to bring
prosperity to artisans and weavers across the country.
Union Minister for Textiles and Commerce, Shri Anand Sharma was also
present on the occasion.