At a ceremony in New Delhi today, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar presented the Shilp Guru and National Awards to master artisans for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019. Legendary master handicraftsmen who have made a significant contribution to the country's rich and diversified craft tradition are given these prizes each year. The primary goal of the award is to honour exceptional artisans in the handicrafts industry. Nearly all of the states and Union Territories in the nation are represented among the award winners, in addition to various regional craft traditions.
Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President congratulated the artists saying that they are the cultural ambassadors of the country whose artifacts show the cultural depth of India. He said, due to its creativity Indian handicrafts are more sought after in the world. On India’s growing stature in the world, Mr. Dhankar said, India is going to take G20 Presidency at a time when the world is listening to the words of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He asserted that the rise of the country is unstoppable and India is the most favored destination in terms of investment and opportunities in the world. The Vice President lauded the government for the massive vaccination drive for COVID-19. He also highlighted the government’s initiative related to free ration to around 80 crore people during the pandemic.
On the occasion, Union Textile Minister, Piyush Goyal said, India is one of the major handicraft hubs of the world and its handicrafts export is increasing continuously. He also said, handicrafts provide a livelihood to lakhs of people in rural areas and also become a medium to empower the underprivileged.