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Pattamadai town is located in Tirunelveli Kattabomman District, one of the southern–most districts of Tamil Nadu state in South India. Pattamadai is famous for the fine varieties of mats. This article focuses on the ways in which craft in India is not just about production but equally about performance. It does this through the examination of one of the most coveted of awards within the Indian Craft worlds, the national awards for master crafts persons given by the Government of India every year. Notable residents of this town are recipients of several awards including the National Award, Shilp Guru Award and Tamil Nadu State Award. Ibrahim Beevi was the first recipient of national award in the year 1992 followed by Mr.S. Abdul Kader, who received the National Award in the year 1995 for his craftsmanship and contribution to the development of Cane and Bamboo Mat Weaving Craft. Mr. Rahmathulla received the National Award in 2003 for his outstanding master craftsperson with extraordinary skill in Korai grass mat weaving. Mr. Rahmathulla also received another Indian highest award called Shilp Guru Award in the year 2011. Although these people have received many laurels and acclaimed fame their status of living continues to be the same. A few awardees themselves continue to live in rented houses.
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