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Gajam Anjaiah Padma Shri Awarded In 2013

Gajam Anjaiah

Gajam Anjaiah

Award Name : Padma Shri

Year of Award : 2013

Award for : Arts

Location : Puttapāka, Andhra Pradesh, India


Gajam Anjaiah is an Indian master handloom designer, who is widely recognised in the handloom industry for his innovations and developments of Tie and Dye handloom products along with Telia Rumal technique of weaving (IKAT / Tie & Dye process). He received Padma Shri from Government of India under Art category in 2013. He is known for his excellence in traditional handloom design works, such as Puttapaka Sarees in Tie and dye skill, that is the traditional art of designing on paper and then transferring it on to cloth. His dedication to the Handloom Industry has kept the Indian tradition of weaving alive, brought livelihood to the weavers and gave exclusive/unique designed handloom products to the people in India. He was born on May 16, 1955 in Puttapaka, Nalgonda district. He started his career in the late 1970s. He received many awards for his design skills. He designs for other weavers in Nalgonda and Mahbubnagar districts. His specialisation is in sarees such as Puttapaka, Kanchi, Dharmavaram, Benaras, Coimbatore, Uppada and Venkatagiri.

He has participated in several handloom exhibitions such as Suraj Kund Mela held at Haryana in Feb 1990, Pravinya Exhibition organized by Crafts Council of Andhra Pradesh in September 1991, An exhibition and seminar on Handlooms/Handicrafts conducted by Annalaxmi National Museum in Singapore on two occasions i.e. on 18th Dec 2003 and 26th Feb 2004, 33rd World Crafts Councils – APR Regional Meeting in Dauge, South Korea on 19th Oct 2011. He has also met relevant dignitaries/officers and presented the problems of handloom weavers and suggested possible solutions. Gajam Anjaiah is the recipient of numerous certificates and awards. He received several Appreciation Certificates by a few important personnel hailing from Loksabha/Rajyasabha/Vidhaan Sabha/Vidhana Parishath and some other higher officials. He received Appreciation Certificate by Surajkund Crafts Mela, Haryana and also a Certificate for his participation in the special exhibition for celebration of golden jubilee of Indian Independence held at Dilli Haat in 1997.