Chaturbhuj Meher
Born (1935-10-13) 13 October 1935 (age 85)
Sonepur, Odisha, India
OccupationWeaver
Known forTie-dye handloom weaving
AwardsPadma Shri
Odisha State Award
Chinta O Chetana National Award
Viswakarma Award
Priyadarshini Award
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Chaturbhuj Meher is an Indian weaver, considered by many as one of the master weavers of the Tie-dye handloom tradition of Odisha.[1] Born on 13 October 1935 at Sonepur in Odisha, he had formal education only up to school level but learned the traditional weaving craft to join Weavers' Service Centre as a Weaver.[2] Vayan Vihar, a handloom factory and Handloom Research and Training Center, a research institute in Sonepur have been founded by him and he is known to have trained over 10,000 craftsmen.[2]

Aishwarya Rai, former Miss World and Bollywood actor is reported to have worn one of Meher's Sonepuri Sari creations on her wedding day, gifted by her mother-in-law, Jaya Bachchan.[3] He is a recipient of the Odisha State Award twice, in 1991 and 1995, as well as awards such as Chinta O Chetana National Award (1992), Viswakarma Rashtriya Puraskar (1997) and Priyadarshini Award (2005).[2] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2005, for his contributions to Indian handloom sector.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Chaturbhuj Meher work applauded". Indian Express. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Padma Shri Chaturbhuj Meher". Government of Odisha. 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Odisha's handwoven wonder makes a comeback". Indian Express. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.