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The Thatheras of Jandiala Guru are a community of skilled craftsmen who specialize in the traditional technique of making hand crafted brass,copper and bell metal utensils by hammering metal sheets. This unique craft of the Thateras of Jandiala Guru in Amritsar is the first craft of India to be inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014. As time passed, due to the onset of changing culture and modernised tastes, the Thatheras lost their stature.

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Brassware for the Millennial
On a recent visit to a village in the deep south of India, Kumbakonam, I saw shops on the temple road glistening with various artefacts, idols, and other utilities in…
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Importance of Copper, Bronze, and Brass in the South Indian Traditional
Early in the morning, I woke up with a very loud sound of the huge bell from the temple and then was startled with a noise from the kitchen, and…
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Bhande kali karalo (Tin Coating)
“ Bhande kalai kara lo”  “ Bhande kalai kara lo” “ Bhande kalai kara lo”  (get your utensils re-tinned) This was one call that used to draw attention back to…
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