GUWAHATI, Dec 22 - A threadbare discussion on the challenges to revive the Assamese cultural artefact gamosa was organised by Tezpur University at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra here recently.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had awarded the project �STRIDE Component -1� to create research capacity and human resource development on the intellectual property of gamosa and develop disruptive innovation in its supply chain to Tezpur University.
Speaking at the consultative workshop, Dithakananda Hazarika, MD of Assam Government Marketing Corporation Ltd (AGMC) stressed the socio-cultural identity of the gamosa among different communities of Assam. Prof Birinchi Kumar Medhi discussed the historic evolution of the gamosa and its present desecration due to its �creative destruction.�
IPR Chair Professor Pritam Deb explained the outreach activities of Tezpur University IPR Cell and the revival of GI status granted to muga silk. Satradhikar Janardan Deva Goswami called for working together and institutional collaboration required to revive the heritage of the gamosa.
About 47 expert weavers of Chariduar in Sonitpur district presented their supply chain problems to the forum.
Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University, Prof Vinod Kumar Jain participated in the event through the digital medium. The project aims to institutionalise the traditional cultural expression of the heritage of gamosa, enact legislative support and administrative safeguards through statutes to empower the sipinis (weavers), the gamosa supply chain, and restrict desecration of its cultural heritage.