Jharkhand, one of the States in India, gets its first GI tag on the Sohrai Khovar painting

The Sohrai Khovar painting an incredible piece of artistic work comprising of natural soils of different colours practiced by local tribal women during the harvest and marriage seasons have been given Geographical Indication [GI] tag under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999 yesterday i.e. 12th May 2020. This skill is particularly being practicsed in the district of Hazaribagh because of availability of such multi coloured soil in the region.

Traditionally such technique was used to decorate the walls of mud house, later, the style, figures of plants, animals, religious iconography and other tribal artistic design became popular in urban region as well. If you have visited Jharkhand Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi and Railway stations in Hazaribag and Tatanagar, then you would know how beautiful the designs and skill is.

Such recognition under GI law will promote the tribal art and probably will improve the economic conditions of the tribal community. For more details  http://ipindiaservices.gov.in/GirPublic/Application/Details/658 [The final order has yet not been updated.]

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Good day everyone!!! I am a faculty at School of Law, UPES [Dehradun] possess close to 6 years of academic experience, also a PH.D. Scholar at GNLU, Gandhinagar. I hold a Master degree in Business Laws from National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Passionate about Intellectual Property Rights particularly Law of Copyrights, Trademark, Geographical Indication and Traditional Knowledge. Aspires to contribute thoughtful posts on IP ranging from its creation to enforcement to cater to the vast category of readers involving artists, lawyers, academia or any layperson having no knowledge of IP. On a lighter note, Alas, I am not Adventurous or a traveller but have an interest in singing, playing guitar and cooking little bit.

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