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Mysore Craftsmen Among Eleven Awardees

Three Mysoreans are among eleven craftspersons chosen for the 2002 State-level awards of the Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation.

Mr. C.Swamy of Lashkar Mohalla for his carving of an Ambari elephant (elephant carrying a decorated howdah on its back), Mr. Syed Yunus of Irwin Road for his inlay and patch work and Mr.N.Kumar for his carving of 'Nala Damayanthi' figure have been chosen in the wood carving category.

Ms. Radha Mallappa of Hanumanthanagar of Mysore has also been selected for the State award under mix craft category for carving the idol of 'Agastheswara'.

The other awardees are Ms. Shilpa Shakuntala of Bidar for her 18-inch Buddha idol carved from sandalwood, Mr. Raghavendra S.Bilagi of Soraba, Shimoga district, for metal work, Mr. Mohamed Moyibuddin of Bidar under Bidriware, Mr. S.M.Badiger of Bangalore and Mr.Ganesh Ramanna Marar of Belgaum for wood work, Mr.V.Somashekar of Kolar and Mr. Kenchaiah of Channapatna for metal ware. Each of them will be presented with Rs.5,000 in cash and an award on September 23 by the Chief Minister, Mr.S.M.Krishna, at a function to be held in Bangalore, announced the Corporation Chairperson, Ms. N.S.Rathnaprabha in Mysore on August 13.

Besides the eleven for the State awards, an equal number of craftsmen have been chosen for the award of merit certificates. The craftsmen chosen for the merit certificates are Mr.Sham Gudigar, Mr.S.Girish, Mr.P.Prakash and Mr. Syed Asif, Mr.G.Venkatesh of Mysore, Mr. Manappa Dhyavappa of Gadag, Mr. Shah Mujid Kwadri of Bidar, Mr. D.Vijikar, Mr.N.Shankarachari, Mr. Vittal Narasimha Shet of Bangalore and Mr. Annappa K.Acharya of Honnavar.

The Chairperson said there was growing demand for craft works produced by artisans of Mysore. The handicraft centre of Mysore would be developed further.

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