Awards to Master Craft Persons
To encourage the Master craft persons, the Central Government felicitate them with National Award and Merit certificate since 1965. The State government has also been giving State Handicrafts Awards to the Master craft persons of the state since 1973. A Design Competition Award was introduced in the year 1995 to encourage the Master craft persons to develop new designs keeping in view the contemporary taste and demand in the market.
The state is proud of Padma Bhusan Sj. Raghunath Mohapatra (Stone Carving), Padma Shree Sj. Sudarsan Sahoo (Stone Carving) and Padma Shree Sj. Kunja Bihari Meher (Art Textiles) who have been honoured by the President of India for their achievement in the field of handicrafts.
The number of master craft persons felicitated till 2000 are given in Table 1.14.
Awards were given in the following crafts:-
Appliqué Lacquer Work
Art Textile Paddy Craft
Brass Work Papier Mache
Cane & Bamboo Pattachitra & Palm Leaf Engraving
Coir Toys Ritual Painting
Dhokra Casting Sea Shell & Solapith
Durry Carpet Silver Filigree
Golden Grass Stone Carving
Horn Work Terracotta