Delhi Crafts Council honours five craftspersons

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Recognising the potential of young craftspersons and encouraging them to continue with their art, five youths were honoured with the Kamaladevi Puraskar 2016 by the Delhi Crafts Council here on Wednesday, an official said.

The awardees included 14-year-old Mumal, a practitioner of Jogi patch work craft of Rajasthan and 15-year-old Uddhab Sutrakar, a Chhau dance mask maker from West Bengal, said a release.

Besides, Gul Ahmed, a young craftsperson excelling in the traditional bead work from Uttar Pradesh was awarded along with Karan Singh, 20, a terracotta pottery maker from Rajasthan and 16-year-old Selvi P. Deepa, skilled in making brooms from a special type of grass available in the Nilgiri hills.

The initiative aims to help keep the multiple traditional art forms of India alive by reaching out to the young artisans practising them.