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Majuli's Mukha Shilpa and Manuscript Paintings Earn Prestigious GI Tag

05 Mar,2024 10:52 AM, by: Super Admin
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In a proud moment for India, Majuli, Assam, secures the coveted Geographical Indication (GI) tag for its traditional arts of Mukha Shilpa (mask-making) and Manuscript Paintings. This recognition by the Centre acknowledges the deep cultural heritage and historical significance embedded in these traditional folk crafts.


Majuli, the island district in Assam, has added another feather to its cap by receiving the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for its Mukha Shilpa (mask-making) and Manuscript Paintings. Bestowed by the Centre, this prestigious recognition highlights the rich cultural legacy and historical importance of these traditional folk crafts.


Expressing joy over this significant milestone, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to a micro-blogging platform to emphasize how the GI tag will serve as a shield to protect the artistic heritage of the state’s skilled artisans.


Mukha Shilpa, a traditional art form dating back to the 1500s, holds profound significance in the cultural heritage of Majuli. Introduced by Saint Sankardeva during the medieval period in Assam, it swiftly became a popular form of cultural expression. The art involves crafting masks that embody various characters, emotions, and themes related to Vaisnavism.


These masks are not just artistic creations; they are reflections of Majuli’s socio-religious fabric. Crafted with indigenous materials, these masks serve as visual narratives of Vaisnavism ideals. This tradition is kept alive by skilled artisans in Satras (monasteries) and local villages.


Majuli’s Manuscript Paintings, also honored with the GI tag, depict Hindu epic tales, particularly narratives from Lord Krishna’s Bhagavata Purana. These paintings showcase not only cultural heritage but also artistic finesse. The uniqueness lies in the various manuscript writing styles employed, such as Gargayan script, Kaithall, and Bamunia.


The Geographical Indication tag not only safeguards these crafts but also thrusts Majuli’s artistic prowess into the global spotlight. This recognition is a testament to the island’s commitment to preserving and promoting its unique cultural heritage. Majuli's Mukha Shilpa and Manuscript Paintings now stand as officially recognized treasures, contributing to India's diverse and vibrant cultural landscape.



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