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Handicrafts, sculpture competition on January 11

Special Correspondent

Works of 62 selected artisans to be exhibited


Three best entries to be given cash prizes of

Rs. 50,000, Rs. 35,000 and Rs. 25,000

Five-day exhibition of Goan handicrafts at Brigade Road, Bangalore, from January 16 to 20


Panaji: In response to the rising demand for sculpture and handicrafts items, Goa Handicrafts, Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Ltd. (GHRSSIDC), the State-owned handicrafts promotion body, has worked out an innovative concept of sharing of rights of gainful commercial exploitation of craft and sculptures on a large-scale with artisans.

The scheme, promoted by the GHRSSIDC, is expected to revive the virtually dying traditional art of sculpture, said Mr. Nikhil Desai, Managing Director, GHRSSIDC, in an interaction with The Hindu recently.

The concept was put into motion through a contest of handicrafts cum sculpture.

“A competition was organised with the objective of promoting innovation and new trends in the handicrafts sector of the State and to promote local crafts and encourage artisans to innovate and create new designs, sculpture/handicrafts items to cater to the local and export market”, Mr. Desai explained.

The results of the handicrafts-cum-sculpture competition, organised by the GHRSSIDC, will be declared at a function to be held at Miramar Residency that belongs to the Goa Tourism Development Corporation on January 11.

A total of 62 entries will be selected by a panel of judges and the three winners will be given cash prizes of Rs. 50,000, Rs. 35,000 and Rs. 25,000, Mr. Desai said.

In its bid to promote the art, all the 62 entries submitted by the artisans will be exhibited at Miramar Residency from January 11 to 15.

The winning entries will become the joint property of the GHRSSIDC and the respective winners and the GHRSSIDC will reserve the right to earn profits by commercial manufacture of the sculpture.

The winners will also get royalty at the rate of 15 per cent of the total value of the material sold by the GHRSSIDC for a period of three years, Mr. Desai said.

A film

A film on GHRSSIDC is being produced by the Delhi-based company. The 30-minute film will be made in four languages using Central funds, he said.

He also disclosed the plans of the GHRSSIDC to organise a five-day exhibition of Goan handicrafts at Brigade Road, Bangalore, from January 16 to 20.

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