Gajam Govardhana
Born (1949-09-01) 1 September 1949 (age 73)
Putapakka, Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh, India
AwardsPadma 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 work in Ikkat dyeing in the Telia Rumal tradition, and for his handloom creations.[1][2] In 2011 the government of India honoured him with the fourth-highest civilian award, Padma Shri.[3]


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

Govardhana has written several articles and publications[1] and received many awards,[3] including a UNESCO Award of 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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  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Indian Express". Indian Express. 7 July 2013. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ "The Hindu 2". The Hindu. 26 January 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Padma Shri" (PDF). Padma Shri. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Geocities". Geocities. 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  5. ^ "The Hindu". The Hindu. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2014.