Gajam Govardhana

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Gajam Govardhana
Born (1949-09-01) 1 September 1949 (age 71)
Putapakka, Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh, India
Awards Padma Shri
National Master Weaver Award
Cheongju International Craft Biennale Award
Shilpa Guru Award
WebsiteOfficial web site

Gajam Govardhana is an Indian master weaver, known for his mastery over the art of Ikkat dyeing of Telia Rumal tradition and for his handloom creations. [1] [2] The Government of India honoured him in 2011, with the fourth highest civilian award of Padma Shri. [3]



Gajam Govardhana was born on 1 September 1949 [4] in the small village of Putapakka in Nalgonda district of the south Indian State of Telangana, part of former Andhra Pradesh. [5] [1] He heads the Padmashali family which keeps the Telia Rumal tradition alive and provides work for 500 looms in the state. [3] He runs Murali Sari Emporium, a favoured shopping place for celebrities such as Sonia Gandhi, Shabana Azmi and Sheila Dikshit among others. [1] [3]

Govardhana is credited with several articles and publications. [1] He is also a recipient of many awards [3] such as UNESCO Award for excellence (2002), [4] [1] National Master Weaver Award (2006), [4] [1] Cheongju International Craft Biennale award [4] and the Shilpa Guru Award (2007). [4] [1] The Government of India recognised his services to the art of weaving when he was included in the 2011 Republic Day honours. [3]

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