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Silver Filigree in Cuttack has been granted the prestigious Geographical Indications (GI) tag

Bhubaneswar:3/3/24:The age-old tradition of Silver Filigree in Cuttack, Odisha has been granted the prestigious Geographical Indications (GI) tag, providing recognition to the intricate craft and craft and cultural heritage of the city. This acknowledgment serves as a crucial source of livelihood and enhances the Product.

In a momentous achievement for Odisha, the age-old tradition of Silver Filigree, fondly referred to as Chandi Tarakasi of Cuttack, has been granted the prestigious Geographical Indications (GI) tag. This recognition holds immense significance for the people of Odisha, particularly for the residents of Cuttack, as the city has long been renowned as the epicenter of this intricate craft, which has been meticulously practiced for generations, mainly by jewelers and other artisans.

The Odisha State Cooperative Handicrafts Corporation Ltd. (UTKALIKA) filed an application, seeking a GI tag for the famed silver filigree, on July 1, 2021.

“It is a matter of honour for Odisha to get the GI tag for Cuttack’s Silver Filigree (#ChandiTarakasi). The centuries-old sophisticated craft practiced in the Silver City of #Cuttack gives a distinct identity to our state for its intricate workmanship. On the occasion, I extend my best wishes to the people of Odisha, especially Cuttack and the district administration,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on X. The district administration had traced its origins to the 13th century to show the historical linkage of the art to the region. In Odia, ‘Tarakasi’ is a combination of two words — ‘Tara’ (wire) and ‘Kasi’ (design). During Durga Puja, artisans of Cuttack also create ‘medhas’ (tableaus) with intricate filigree patterns, the officials said.


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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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