President Pranab Mukherjee will confer 20 Shilp Guru awards, 18 Sant Kabir awards and 74 National Awards to master crafts persons and master weavers at a function in Vigyan Bhawan here on Friday.

“The Shilp Guru awards are conferred on legendary master crafts persons of handicrafts whose work and dedication have contributed not only to the preservation of rich and diverse craft heritage of the country but also to the resurgence of handicrafts sector as a whole,” said the President’s Secretariat in a release on Thursday. Each award consists of one mounted gold coin, one shawl, certificate and a ‘tamrapatra’.

In addition, financial assistance of Rs.6 lakh is also given to each awardee to innovate and create five new products of high level of excellence, high aesthetic value and high quality befitting the stature of the Guru.

The Sant Kabir Award is conferred on outstanding weavers who have made valuable contribution in keeping alive the handloom heritage and also for dedication in building up linkages between the past, present and future through dissemination of knowledge on traditional skills and designs. Each award consists of one mounted gold coin, one shawl, a certificate and a ‘tamrapatra’. Financial assistance of Rs. 6 lakh is also given to each awardee to innovate and create 10 new products of high level of excellence, high aesthetic value and high quality.

The National Awards for Master Crafts persons and master weavers were introduced in 1965.

Each award comprises a cash prize of Rs.1 lakh, a certificate, a ‘tamrapatra’ and an ‘angavastram’.