Sone Ki Chidiya is a geographical indication of India, says GI expert Padma Shri Rajni Kant

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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): India’s geographical indication (GI) is “Sone Ki Chidiya (Golden Bird)”, said Padma Shri Rajni Kant, a GI expert from Delhi.

He was speaking at a seminar on “Geographical Indications: Challenges and the Way Forward” hosted on Friday by Vanya Prakashan of the Tribal Affairs Department of the city’s Kushabhau Thakre International Center (Minto Hall).

Rajni Kant added that Sone Ki Chidiya is also the soul of India and efforts are being made to preserve and enhance it. “To this end, we have carried out the GI registration of 75 products from all over the country under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. These GI products previously made a major contribution to the country’s GDP. People from all over the world were coming to India to do business,” he added.

Principal Secretary of the Department of Tribal Affairs, Pallavi Jain Govil, opened the event. She said the event was organized to advance efforts to preserve tribal society products, art and artifacts. Tribal society is introverted, so it is essential to preserve and protect art and cultural heritage. “Our goal is to provide employment opportunities by recognizing tribal culture and art with GI labels. At the same time, there is also a need to make it accessible to ordinary people so that there are research opportunities and economic benefits for tribal peoples,” she added.

At this seminar, experts from the art sector and GIs of the country and the state, art critics, agents of various ministries, artists, manufacturers-sellers of products, etc. participated.

Cottage and Village Industries Principal Secretary Manu Srivastava, Tribal Affairs Department Commissioner Sanjeev Singh, Assistant Secretary Meenakshi Singh, MD Handicrafts Development Corporation Anubha Srivastava, Additional Commissioner KG Tiwari, TADP Director Ravindra Singh Choudhary, etc. were present.

GI labeling of 7 MP products

Meenakshi Singh, Deputy Secretary, Department of Tribal Affairs and Managing Director of Vanya, along with Dr. Tapan Kumar Raut of the Textile Committee of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India have signed GI label applications for seven Madhya Pradesh products. The GI labeling work of products from different tribal areas is done by Vanya. In the first phase, GI marking of Anuppur wood crafts (mask), tribal musical instruments of Jhabua Gudiya, Shahdol, Anuppur and Dindori Bana and Chikara, Dhar-Jhabua-Khargone-Barwani and Potmala and Galshan Alirajpur Mala is ongoing. This work is done in collaboration with the Textile Committee, an enterprise of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

Gondi song on a rare Bana tribal instrument

Dharam Singh Varkade, a tribal artist from Dindori, played the rare Bana tribal instrument. He featured the Gondi song sung in honor of ancestors and tribal kings on the occasion of Pitra Paksha.

Exhibition of tribal products and GI Tag

An exhibition of Madhya Pradesh tribal and other art products was also organized during the seminar. Paintings of Pithora, Bhili Galshan Mala, Pot Mala, Wooden Masks, Bhili Bridal Shringar Patti Bolni, Bell Metal, Chanderi Sarees, Bagh Sarees and Maheshwari Sarees were exhibited. Some rare Gond Bana Pardhan and Chikara Pardhan musical instruments were also exhibited. Along with this, food items from tribal areas like Safed Musli, Kodo, Kutki and Kadki were on display.

Seminar participants

Participants from Indian Government Textile Committee, TRI, NABARD, TRIFED, TADP, Mapsat, University of Delhi, Handicrafts Development Corporation, The National Law University, Feeds Law Chambers, Human Welfare Association, etc. participated in the seminar.

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