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Geographical Indication likely for Thanjavur veena, Dindigul lock

Shastry V. Mallady

Council for Science and Technology identifies 10 unique items from State



Traditional instrument: Veenas on display at the Thanjavur Musical Instruments Workers’ Co-operative Cottage Industrial Society at Thanjavur.

MADURAI: Two items well known by their name in the State — Thanjavur veena and Dindigul lock — are likely to get Geographical Indication (GI) for establishing their place of origin.

The Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, through its research officers’ wing, has initiated steps to get GI for at least 10 unique items from the State, which are specific to a particular region. First among them will be these two items.

“We want to get the items registered as a property belonging to Tamil Nadu. The council is now identifying items such as food, utensils, flora and architecture. Then documentation will be done to get the identity,” S. Vincent, Member-Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, told The Hindu here on Saturday.

Unique sound

Giving details about the steps taken for Thanjavur veena, a research officer in the council said that some well known followers of classical music had insisted on GI for it as the “Thanjavur veena gives a unique sound because of its special wood/strings.” “Some people in Thanjavur region have approached the council and the possibility of registering the veena under GI Act is being examined. The data is being collected now,” the officer said.

According to Dr. Vincent, the council would facilitate both GI for products and patents for innovations if applications were submitted. About 26 patentable innovations received from individuals and universities had been forwarded to appropriate authorities in New Delhi.

Farming data base

The council is also launching a two-year study in Nagapattinam district on Farmers’ Natural Resource System to create a data base related to natural farming practices followed in that district.

“Traditional varieties of paddy and other crops will be identified for the study, which looks into the pattern of soil, methods of sowing, harvesting, post-harvesting and storage,” he said.

The study would be done on five locations in Nagapattinam district. Better practices of farmers there would be popularised in other parts of the State for improving farming techniques.

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