Thursday, 30 April 2020

Registered Proprietors And Authorised Users of Geographical Indications (GIs) #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI

A Geographical Indication certificate/tag is used to identify goods having unique or special characteristics and originating from a definite geographical area.

In December 1999, Parliament passed the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act 1999. This Act seeks to provide for the registration and protection of Geographical Indications relating to goods in India. This Act is administered by the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, who is the Registrar of Geographical Indications. The Geographical Indications Registry is located at Chennai.

About Geographical Indication (GI)
GI is an indication that:
·  Is used to identify agricultural, natural, or manufactured goods originating in a specific area,
·  Originates from a definite territory in India (or world),
·  Has a special quality or characteristics unique to the geographical indication.
Sambalpuri Bandha Saree - GI of Odisha, India
Some examples of Geographical Indications of India:
Darjeeling Tea, Basmati Rice, Sambalpuri Bandha Saree & Fabrics, Nagpur Orange, Odisha Rasagola etc.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Those Were The Days

Richi was showing her photographs to her grandchildren.
They saw many people were sitting and eating. The younger version of their grandmother was also there.

"Now where is this place? Looks like you are celebrating your birthday!" 

"These places are called 'restaurants'. When I was young, we used to have many such places to hang-out and enjoy food and drinks."
PHOTO PROMPT - Dale Rogerson
The kids looked at one another. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Exciting Quiz On Geographical Indications #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

April 26 is celebrated as World Intellectual Property (IP) Day.
Geographical Indication (GI) is a type of IP.
GIs are the "invaluable treasures of incredible India".
However, many are not aware of these unique local products.

We must encourage everyone to learn about the heritage and culture and associated products of our land. How can youngsters take pride in our rich possessions and skills, unless they know about the existence of these unique products? Intention for using the GI products and demand will arise after people learn about them and feel responsible to protect, promote and preserve these.

To create GI awareness and interest, here is a #GIQuiz. Please do share so that all can be aware.

Those with the maximum correct answers and participation get to win xenium (prizes)!


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Monday, 27 April 2020

Gopalpur Tussar #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

Let us start with a quiz question: 

Answer- Gopalpur cluster of Jajpur district of Odisha is famous for Tussar fabrics. 
Tussar is a type of silk. 

There is another famous place by the same name Gopalpur- but, Gopalpur-on-Sea refers to a picturesque beach town located in the Ganjam district of Odisha. This place is near the 'silk city' of Odisha that is famous for the Berhampur Patta (Phoda Kumbha) Saree And Joda.

Friday, 24 April 2020

Sambalpuri Bandha Saree And Fabrics #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

Odisha has a rich tradition and history of handicrafts and handlooms. As per historians, handloom weaving in Odisha dates to 600 BC. Human figures sculpted on the centuries old temples reflect stylistic draping of clothes.

The Odisha "tie and dye” fabrics and sarees are called "Bandha". 
They are also popularly known as "Ikat" in India. The meaning of Bandha and Ikat in Odia and Malay languages respectively is the same- to tie or wind. 
According to historians, Bandha is Odisha state’s heritage and historical maritime trade link with Indonesia.
The warp or weft or both are tied and then dyed as per the pre-planned designs. Then, these threads are used for weaving. The designs seem the same on both side of the fabrics. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Odisha Rasagola - Sweet Treat Of Odisha #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia


This news did not get the deserving attention by many national newspapers and some media channels.
Even now there is misleading and fake news regarding Rasgulla- Misinformation About Rasagola Still Continues.
Thus, many are not aware of this GI tag of Odisha.

How can the facts come to light when there is propaganda or when they are suppressed?
The spelling of Odisha Rasagola has the spelling "Odisha" as the application was submitted in 2019.
However, "Orissa Ikat" and "Orissa Pattachitra" have the old spelling "Orissa" as they were registered before Orissa state's name change to Odisha.
You can read more here- Odisha Geographical Indications And Spellings

Future Tense

Liza was doing what she always wanted to do - clearing the attic.
"Great use of the Covid-19 lockdown!" her grandma joked.

The two ladies were in financial difficulty following a car-accident that killed Liza's grandfather and parents.

Liza dropped out of college to join work.
Then, the pandemic struck...

Liza found old things interesting.
The attic was a treasure-house!

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Quiz About Geographical Indications #GIQuiz #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

How do we get to learn something some fact or information?
  • When someone, say family-member, friend, relative, or teacher informs us
  • When we read in books, magazines or newspapers- offline or online
  • When we watch films or videos or news channels and media coverage
Am I missing some other sources of info? If yes, please do share in the comments section of this post.

When I see the misinformation and fake news doing the rounds, it gives me great pain.
Clearly, there is a reason or purpose why some people are spreading the wrong information. 

Either they themselves are not aware of facts, having got their knowledge from misleading and inaccurate sources, or they have ulterior motives to spread the wrong info.
Over the years, when many people indulge in such kind of activities, the "origin" story of a product gets rewritten or doctored. When a lie is repeated hundreds of times, it appears to be the truth. 
However, "truth is still the truth even if no one believes it".

The Geographical Indications (GIs) are unique and special products of a particular area. They have earned the GI certificate from the Ministry of Commerce of the respective governments of nations. However, many people of the respective states or countries are yet to learn about them! 

Take me for instance. 
Despite being a culture and heritage enthusiast, I did not know about Dhalapathar Parda and Fabrics, Habaspuri Saree and Fabrics, and Ganjam Kewda Flower and Ganjam Kewda Rooh before independently researching and working for the Geographical Indications of Odisha, taking a self-initiative. However, once I knew and am in the process of knowing, it has been my sincere endeavour to create awareness and dispel misinformation.

There is a huge knowledge and awareness gap.
Our school text-books do not have information about these GI goods. I feel such information should be included in the school books. Social Studies should mention these "invaluable treasures of incredible India". 
How many of our students are interested to learn something beyond what is taught in school textbooks? 
This is a humble request to the authors of text-books and to the teachers: please do include this information so that the next generation can be aware. 
Once we are aware, we can be proud of our rich heritage and culture.



Quizzes are a great way to test our knowledge. They are a fun and interesting way to learn.
How many of us love quizzing? 
Personally, I love quizzes. Rapid-fire rounds are a good exercise for the memory.

How sharp are you when it comes to quizzing? Can you recollect names of products and places when they come up in discussions?

When I first conducted a Quiz on Odisha in Twitter in 2014, I realized how little people know about Odisha. Now, six years have passed. Things may be slightly better in this tech age and new decade. Still, it is always amazing to discover what is available in our own city/district/state/country that we were not aware.

Though some may have had heard the names and know the category of the products, they still do not  know that the same products have earned the GI tags. Sadly, this includes the artisans, weavers and farmers too who are involved in making these products.

Please do join for the #GIQuiz and #KnowYourGI this World Intellectual Property Day.
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See you on 26 April 2020 on the social media handles of Odita Trust.
Test your knowledge and learn more about #OdishaGI and #GIsofIndia.

Q For- Quizzing
Quiz about Geographical Indications
I am writing A-Z posts about the Geographical Indications (GIs) of Odisha #OdishaGI.
GI is a distinctive certificate used to identify a product as originating from a particular region or locality that has specific qualities, reputation or other unique characteristics. GI products are linked with the culture, traditions, history etc. of a geographical location. 
Only when info is shared, people can learn and be aware.
This is my sincere attempt to share information about the GI Tags of Odisha.
You can check out my other GI posts here.
My previous #AToZChallenge posts here.
Let us all use GI products - the "invaluable treasures of incredible India", and encourage our artisans, weavers, and farmers.
Are you aware of the Geographical Indications of India? 
Do you like Quizzing?
Please do share in the comments below.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Orissa Pattachitra #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

The word Pattachitra is derived from the Sanskrit word “patta”, which means a painted piece of cloth, or a plate; "chitra" means paintings or pictures.

The brilliantly colored Pattachitra works originated at Puri. They were/are produced as souvenirs for the pilgrims of the Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri, Odisha. 
Pattachitra is linked with Shree Jagannath Temple. 

You can see more images in this post- Pattachitra depicting Rasagola Dibasa and Niladri Bije Rath Yatra.

Themes for the Pattachitra paintings range from incidents in Krishna’s life and the avatars of Vishnu to the epic tales of Ramayana and Mahabharata. 

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Odisha Geographical Indications And Spellings #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

Odisha is a culturally and naturally-rich state situated in eastern India. 
As per records, Odisha's history is at least 5,000 years old. 
Odisha has been known by many names over the centuries.
"Kalinga" and "Utkala" are popularly used even today. More information here

Odisha was the first state of India formed on the linguistic basis. 
Orissa, a state of Oriya speakers, was established as a province of British India on 1 April 1936
We celebrate 1 April every year as Utkala Dibasa.

Note- Odisha was previously called "Orissa." 
The English name Orissa was changed to "ODISHA" in 2011. 
The spelling of Oriya language too has been changed to "ODIA" in 2011. 
However, many people are not aware and continue to use the old spellings.
Many books and maps are yet to update the correct spellings.
Some organisations/offices etc. have to use the old name i.e. "Orissa" as their names still have not been changed.

Friday, 17 April 2020

Newsmaker Geographical Indications #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

How or why or when does a product or person find a place in the news? 

Some Geographical Indications (GIs) are really famous and are newsmakers. GI products are known for their unique and superior qualities, reputation and characteristics. Many people have heard their names, though the same people may not be aware about the term - "Geographical Indications" or that the products have got GI tags.

Some Examples: 
  • Darjeeling Tea - This was India's first Geographical Indication.    
  • Nagpur Orange - It gives its city the pseudonym 'Orange City'.
  • Kashmir Pashmina - Handcraft shawls, stole and scarves, made from the fine wool of Pashmina goat, are sought after by buyers in India as well as abroad.
  • Banaras Brocades And Sarees - If there is a survey of sarees, then this famous saree should be the top-of-mind recall of a majority. It is a popular choice, especially for weddings.
Image Courtesy: Sabyasachi
Anushka Sharma chose to wear a vermillion Banarasi saree, created by several artisans from the Peeli Kothi area in Banaras, at her Delhi wedding reception.
While Virat Kohli wore a black textured silk signature bandhgala with the house buttons in 18k gold and a white silk kurta with hand-woven brocade churidaar.

Let Us Follow Covid19 Rules And Guidelines

These are unprecedented times. After many years, our world is presently witnessing another pandemic. In this present scenario, considering the examples of other nations, who flouted rules, we need to learn and take care.

I feel very angry when I see people eager to exercise their "freedom" by not listening to instructions. Some of them keep loitering around on the road, like old days, instead of being at home.

I saw a couple of videos posted by Indians abroad. As many nations are presently under quarantine and lockdown, people are adjusting with the conditions. Everyone has come to accept the extraordinary situations and understand that this is the new normal. They are strictly following guidance. Apart from health and medical practitioners worldwide, this is the plea of government officials and even understanding ordinary citizens.

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Medicinal Kandhamal Haladi #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

'Kandhamal Haladi' is a variety of turmeric indigenous to southern Odisha, India. It earned the Geographical Indication (GI) tag last year.
The recognition came on April 1st, 2019, on Odisha state's Foundation Day that is celebrated as Utkala Dibasa. On April 1 1936, Odisha was the first state of India that was formed on the basis of linguistic identity in the then British India.
Odisha is blessed with great natural beauty, natural wealth and congenial agro‐climatic conditions. Kandhamal is one of the districts of Odisha. It is famed for its aromatic turmeric that is called Kandhamal Haladi. Turmeric is called "Haladi" in Odia language and "Haldi" in Hindi. This agricultural product has great medicinal value, healing properties and salubrious aroma.

Near, Far, Wherever You Are

"This is my city!" said Rila to her friend, Raj.

"You live so close to the Church! Do you visit?" he asked.
PHOTO PROMPT - Roger Bultot
 "I didn't know you are interested in Churches! You visit temples, right?" Rila said still giving him a city tour from her terrace.

"Wonder how it looks from inside..." Raj said.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Lovely Bomkai Saree And Fabrics #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

Odisha has a variety of unique handlooms. As per records, handloom weaving in Odisha goes back to 600 BC.
Some of the Odisha handicrafts including handlooms have earned the Geographical Indications (GI) tag. You can read about them here- Fabrics And Sarees Of Odisha with the GI Tag.

While many saree lovers know the name of Sambalpuri saree, the other names are not that well known. Do you know about "Bomkai Sarees and Fabrics"?

Bomkai is the name of a village in Ganjam district in southern Odisha in India. 
It lends its name to the 'Bomkai Saree and Fabrics'.
Bomkai Saree & Fabrics are a GI of Odisha.  

Bomkai Saree is a handloom saree from Odisha, India that originated in Bomkai, Ganjam district. Bomkai Saree has rich traditional floral, ornamental and attractive designs and motifs like flowers (Kanthiphula, Atasi, Bitter gourd, Lotus etc), birds, deer, fish, damru, dancing dolls, tortoise, creepers etc. Rows of Kumbha (temple spires) are favourite border motifs.


Monday, 13 April 2020

Kotpad Handloom Fabric #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

Kotpad is the name of a village in Koraput district in southern Odisha in India. 
It lends its name to 'Kotpad Handloom'. 
Kotpad Handloom Fabrics are vegetable-dyed fabrics woven by the tribal weavers of Kotpad. 

Kotpad is Odisha's first Geographical Indication (GI).  
Many generations of talented tribal weavers (Mirgana caste) of Kotpad village have been weaving these natural handloom fabrics from centuries. 

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Jagannath, Jayadeva, And Khandua Sarees And Fabrics #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

Odisha has a rich tradition and history of handicrafts and handlooms.
Khandua Saree and Fabrics are a type of Orissa Ikat. Orissa Ikat has the Geographical Indications (GI) tag.

Khandua is Single Ikat (fabrics are woven with tie and dye process either on warp or weft). Khandua is basically a weft Ikat. 
Khandua is woven on cotton, silk and tussar sarees, dress-materials and wall-hangings.
Khandua Saree and Fabrics has got the GI Tag too.


Friday, 10 April 2020

Ikat or Bandha of Odisha - Orissa Ikat #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia

Ikat is a Malay word that is derived from the word "Mangikat" that means to bind, knoot or wind round. Ikat is a process of tie-and-dye weaving of handlooms. There are different names of Ikat available in different regions of India some of which have earned the Geographical Indications (GI) tag viz.- Pochampally Ikat in Telangana, Patan Patola in Gujarat etc.

Orissa Ikat refers to the Ikat made in Odisha. 
It is also called “Bandha kala" in Odisha. Bandha means Ikat and kala means art.

Watch how Padma Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik uses Orissa Ikat to demonstrate making his own mask and to be safe during this Coronavirus pandemic.
Orissa Ikat is a GI of Odisha, India. 
Grouping of threads for tying and dying in Orissa Ikat is carried out in minimum two and maximum four threads, which technique is not used in any other Ikat of India.
Type: Handicraft
GI Application# 22
Certificate Date: 2/6/2005 

Odisha state's name's spelling has been changed in 2011.
As the Geographical Indications (GI) Application was filed in 2005, thus it is referred as Orissa Ikat. 
The old spelling of Odisha i.e. Orissa is a part of the GI name as Odisha state's name change from Orissa to Odisha was done six years after filing the GI application.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Habaspuri Saree And Fabrics #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia #AToZChallenge

"Habaspuri" is named after the village of Habaspur in Kalahandi district in Odisha, where it originated.  Habaspuri is a cotton-based traditional handloom textile of Odisha. 

These are handwoven by the skilled tribal weavers of Habaspur. Presently, the places of production have increased- Chicheiguda village in Junagarh Block, Baladimal, Chakuli, and nearby places of Kalahandi district of Odisha. Habaspuri saree is used as a ceremonial bridal saree by the local people. 

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Ganjam Kewda Flower And Ganjam Kewda Rooh #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia #AToZChallenge

Odisha, a state in eastern India, has thirty districts. Each district has unique products.
Ganjam is a district in southern Odisha. As it is my native place, I have spent much time there.
However, there is a lot that I am still learning...

The following Geographical Indications (GIs) of Odisha have links with the Ganjam district:
1. Bomkai Saree & Fabrics - Handicraft
2.
 Berhampur Patta (Phoda Kumbha) Saree & Joda – Handicraft
3. Ganjam Kewda Rooh - Manufactured
4. Ganjam Kewda Flower - Agriculture

When I started working on the GIs of Odisha, I knew about many of the GIs of Odisha, especially the handicrafts and handlooms.
But, the Ganjam Kewda Flower and Ganjam Kewda Rooh were revelations.
I felt very ignorant.
Why did I not know of them?
This is not taught in school text-books, nor had I read about them in the news media.

Perfect Setting

He always knew she was the one for him.

Their birthday was on the same date.

As they worked in the same office, their colleagues arranged a common party. 

This was happening for the past couple of years. 

This time they’d be at the other side of the globe. 

They both had been deputed for an overseas assignment.
PHOTO PROMPT - Jeff Arnold

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Fabrics And Sarees of Odisha With Geographical Indication (GI) Tag #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia #AToZChallenge

“A Geographical Indication (GI) is an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory”.
A traditional, unique, or reputed agricultural, natural or a manufactured cultural product earns the GI tag for a geographical region on the basis of the application submitted. 
GI is a type of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). GI is an IPR that is a community right.

India has many handloom fabrics and sarees that have the GI tag.
Odisha is just one of the 28 states of India. Odisha has a beautiful handloom heritage. Many communities in different parts of Odisha have been weaving handlooms for centuries. As per records, handloom weaving in Odisha goes back to 600 BC. Many traditional sarees and fabrics are still handwoven on looms today. The beautiful fabrics and sarees are to be seen to be believed.
Odisha India Handlooms | The Explorer of Miracles

Odisha GIs
Some of the handicrafts of Odisha have earned the GI tag
Out of the 17 GIs of Odisha, the following handicrafts/handlooms pertain to fabrics/sarees that have the GI tags:

Monday, 6 April 2020

Exhibitions of Geographical Indications #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia #AToZChallenge

Geographical Indications (GIs) refer to the unique, reputed and special products of a geographical area associated with a particular community or communities, who are creating/producing these for a considerable time. 
We have many unique products that have special qualities or characteristics. Some of these products have got the GI Tag. 
“A Geographical Indication is an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product originating from a definite geographical territory”.

GI Registry awards such cultural products the GI tag on the basis of their application to protect manufacturers/producers.
GI Registry is a part of the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. DPIIT has been promoting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and GIs. GI is a type of IPR that is a community right. 

Exhibitions are a great way to showcase these GI products. There can be many products from different geographical locations. Visitors belong to different age-groups and nations too. This is a great chance for networking and furthering business prospects. Plus, some of the exhibitions get good footfall and great media coverage.

Exhibitions allow engagement of industry & world governments can promote greater exchange of trade in services between India and the world. Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, has been organizing and inviting artisans and producer groups to represent at such exhibitions.

The following are some of the GI Exhibitions that I  am proud to have attended representing Odisha: 


1. GI Exhibition at BRICS Alliance Business Forum 2018 held at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi 

This was the first GI exhibition where I got to participate & represented Odisha's GIs products. I got to meet GI experts and GI Registered & Authorised Users from different states of India. 

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Shine Your Light Bright

Covid-19 has given a fright,
Shaken & slapped us tight.
Strength of unity seems right.
Day always comes after night.

Let's follow guidelines together,
Stay at home - now or never!
Salute to all saviours trying harder,
We'll be braver, stronger & smarter.

Coronavirus pandemic will go.
Things won't always be low.
Let's break the chain and show!
Social Distancing must grow.

It is time to Shine Your Light
We are together in this fight.
Let our lights shine bright!
Lights will show our might.

Tonight will be a memorable night-
Lights will take the spotlight!
9 PM for 9 Minutes, do unite!
Everything's gonna be alright.
This poem is inspired by the words- 'Shine Your Light' - song by Ricky Kej.
PM Narendra Modi ji has appealed to the citizens of India to switch off the lights in their homes at 9 PM on Sunday, 5th April 2020, and light lamps, candles or mobile flashlights for nine minutes. 
Let's do this to show our nation's strength of unity in the fight against COVID-19.
I will be joining, will you join us too?

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Lockdown Creativity

During this lockdown, I'm trying to be productive.
Tapping my creativity, and my work & life-skills.
Attempting to accept & do & connect & give;
And feel grateful, making the most without frills!

I have self-nominated myself to be the only one,
Authorised to step outside our home in case of need.
All in my family need to fully follow instructions,
I'm calling friends & relatives; asking them to pay heed!

Keep Calm and Trust God Christian Poster


Dhalapathar Parda And Fabrics #OdishaGI #KnowYourGI #GIsofIndia #AToZChallenge

Dhalapathar Parda and Fabrics are named after the village of Dhalapathar in Khurda district of Odisha. 
Parda means curtain. The handloom curtains and fabrics of this village are handmade using spinning machines. As they are unique, they have the Geographical Indications (GI) tag.
Type: Handicraft
GI Application# 207
Certificate Date: 17/07/2012

Left image- Dhalapathar Parda woven by Shri Krushna Rout in the year 1945 with the design Taj Mahal. 
Apart from weaving Parda and Fabrics, weavers also weave artistic thread designs on Sarees, LungiGamuchhas (towel) etc.

A community known as ‘Rangani’ weaves handloom sarees. Rangani means ‘Rang’ (colour) and ‘Ani’ (bring) – ‘one who knows the art to bring colour on cloth’. 

Some popular names of Sarees- ‘Kusuma Kapata’, ‘Kankana Pedi’, ‘Muktapunji’, ‘Nahati’ & ‘Akata’. Previously used during social functions like weddings and in cultural activities like drama, arrival of low-cost mill-printed sarees made the weavers use the craft to make Parda. 

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These fabrics are hand-spun using naturally-coloured thread, made from natural colours from leaves, fruits and trees. The talented weavers have created many natural sceneries and floral patterns and designs like Jagannath Temple, Konark Temple, Lingaraj Temple, Kalasha Hansa (Pot & Swan), Surya Namaskar, Sunset Scenery, Konark Ghoda (Konark Horse), Ashoka Chakra, India Map, Odisha Map, Bharat Mata etc. on Parda. 
When I first learned about Dhalapathar Parda and Fabrics in 2017 while researching about GIs, I felt so ignorant that I was unaware of this beautiful handicraft from Odisha. 

Prof. Dr. K.D.Raju of IIT Kharagpur had facilitated the GI application for Dhalapathar Parda & Fabrics for Odisha State Govt. You can learn about the process, view some wonderful works of art, and skilled weavers in his video -:

In 2018, on Prof. Dr. Raju's reference, I was invited to represent Odisha in the BRICS Alliance Business Conclave GI Exhibition at Delhi. When I tried to look for sample pieces of 'Dhalapathar Parda and Fabrics' to carry with me for display in the said exhibition, I was dismayed to not find them in the shops of Bhubaneswar... 

I really could not and cannot still understand why and how we were/are facing such a situation- why the lackadaisical attitude and paucity? I continued looking for the samples like crazy. 
Here is a GI product that is simply not available. That is why it is not known.
After all, like it's said in Hindi- 'jo dikhta hai, wo bikta hai'- what is seen, sells.

Thankfully, Odisha state's handloom cooperation, Boyanika, did have some exquisite sample pieces  of Dhalapathar Parda in their safe-keeping. I am really grateful to Shri Devaraja Sahu, the manager of Boyanika, who understood the need to display to represent our state's GI. Thankfully Sahu Babu trusted me, and loaned their precious sample pieces for the purpose. 

Promotion is needed for this too, else like some other handicrafts, this too may be hidden behind curtain soon.
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Source: Kanak News
D For- Dhalapathar 
I am writing A-Z posts about the Geographical Indications (GIs) of Odisha #OdishaGI.
GI products are linked with the culture, traditions, history, reputation etc. of a geographical location.
Only when info is shared, people can learn and be aware.
This is my sincere attempt to share information about the GI-Tags of Odisha.
You can check out my other GI posts here.
My previous #AToZChallenge posts here.

Are you aware of Geographical Indications? 

Had you heard of Dhalapathar Parda and Fabrics? 
Please do share in the comments below.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Konark Stone Carving #OdishaGI #AToZChallenge

‘Konark Stone Carving' refers to the stone carving of Konark that is the most exemplary model of ancient Odisha temple stone-carving craft practised by artisans in Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. The art dates back to the late 6th Century or early 7th Century AD. 

The name ‘Konark’ is one of the ancient places where stone carving has been practiced for centuries. The UNESCO world-heritage site, Sun Temple, Konark, is one of the centers of origin of the art. 
Although this art has been practiced in other places around Konark like Bhubaneswar, the artisans and craftsmen originate from Konark and cluster of villages nearby. 

The volume and skill of the stone work in Odisha is known from the existing centuries-old temples and stone sculptures in various parts of Odisha. Soapstone, Serpentine, Granite, Sandstone, soft Redstone etc. are used for carving. 

Things Are Going South

Three friends were discussing their next vacation in a conference-call.

One of the friends said:
"Like the birds, I am planning to go South!"
"Where?"
"Antarctica"
"Of all places? Why?"
"Not a single COVID-19 case there!"

The second friend said: 
"I will keep going North and meet you at Antarctica!"
"How will that be possible?"
"If I keep going North, I will eventually go South!"
If you keep going North, you will eventually go South, but if you keep going East, you will never go West.
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