Girraj Prasad, honored with both the National Award and the Delhi State Award, showcased his Terracotta Craft creations at the crafts marketplace established within the G20 Summit location, Bharat Mandapam. Terracotta, an age-old traditional art form, has developed alongside the progression of human civilization.
Sharing the details about his art he told ANI, “This art has been practised in my family for four generations and is a very old art. Pottery has been used and created in India since the time of Mohan Jodaro. In terracotta, cooking utensils that we use on a daily basis, as well as other products such as lamps are manufactured by us from ancient times to the present. Products have been newly modified along with the recruitment of the time.”
“This is a very good opportunity to show our culture to all our delicates who will come to G20. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given encouragement to the pottery artisans to do this work through Make in India, Vocal for Local. There has been a lot of increase in the number of workers,” Girraj added.
He concluded, “G-20 is going to help us in a way that the glory of our art will spread all over the world. Earthen utensils are absolutely related to our health and environment. It keeps us away from many diseases.”
Terracotta artifacts are crafted from clay, shaped into various forms of art, and then fired in traditional furnaces fueled by either coal or wood.
Girraj Prasad, born in 1965 in Rajasthan’s Karouli village, hails from a long line of traditional terracotta artisans. He has dedicated 36 years to this craft.
The 18th G20 Summit is taking place at the modern Bharat Mandapam Convention Centre in New Delhi on September 9 and 10.
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