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Tamil Nadu’s Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree gets GI tag

The Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) in Chennai has accorded coveted Geographical Indication (GI) tag to Dindigul lock and Kandangi saree from Tamil Nadu. This takes total number of such indigenous products that have been accorded GI tag from Tamil Nadu to 31.

Dindigul locks

They are known throughout world for their superior quality and durability. More than 3,125 lock manufacturing units are limited to an area of 5 km in and around Dindigul. This is the main reason Dindigul city is also called as Lock City.

The lock manufacturing units in the city are concentrated in Nallampatti, Nagelnagar, Kodaiparailpatti, Kamalapatti and Yagappanpatti. The abundance of iron in this region is main reason for growth of this industry.

There are over 50 varieties of locks made by artisans using raw materials such as brass plates and MS flat plates procured from the nearby towns, including Salem and Madurai. Government institutions such as prisons, godowns, hospitals, and even temples use these locks instead of other machine-made ones.

Kandangi sarees

They are manufactured in entire Karaikudi taluk in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu. They are made up of high quality cotton from Coimbatore. The main characteristic of these sarees are its bright colours that hold strong. They are characterised by large contrast borders. Some varieties of this saree are known to have borders covering as far as two-thirds of saree which is usually around 5.10 m-5.60 m in length. These cotton sarees are usually worn in summer and are bought by customers in bulk. These sarees are manually made using winding machine, shuttle, loom and bobbin. It is team effort of families who live in the town of Karaikudi and it forms part of their basic livelihood.

Tourism Minister inaugurates 1st-ever architectural LED illumination at Qutb Minar

Prahalad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, inaugurated first-ever architectural LED illumination at Qutb Minar, the 12th-century monument, in New Delhi. Now with bottom to top illumination, the architectural beauty of historic Qutb Minar will display its historic majesty after sunset.

This step towards promotion of tourism is in line with Prime Minister’s goal of doubling foreign and domestic tourists in next 5 years.

Key Highlights

Objective behind illuminating historic monuments: To showcase monuments during late evenings, thereby enhancing visitor experience.

A total of 358 technologically advanced LED lights have been used to highlight architectural beauty including arches and minarets of Qutb Minar. These will consume 62% less electricity than conventional light fixtures.

New illumination comprises lighting that accentuates the silhouette of monument with interplay of light and shade. The monument will be illuminated from 7 pm to 11 pm.

Significance: Qutb Minar complex is a true reflection of India’s culture and contains history of several eras, therefore illumination of this magnificent monument will highlight true beauty of its elements and will not only increase the footfall of visitors but also benefit communities around it.

Background

To highlight archaeological magnificence of India’s historical monuments, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has taken up the project to illuminate important monuments of Delhi. The illumination of Red Fort, Purana Qila, Safdarjung Tomb and Humayun’s Tomb has already been completed and Tughlakabad Fort is also expected to be illuminated in coming time.

Also, as part of efforts to increase footfall in evening, public entry timings at Safdarjung Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort have been extended to 9 pm and Qutb Minar is already open till 10 pm.

Qutb Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) and is one of most visited historical site in national capital.