Madhya Pradesh



Kadaknath Black Chicken Meat was granted Geographical Indication in 2018. Kadaknath, locally known as kali masi, is black inside-out. The bird exhibits intense black colouration which is due to the deposition of melanin pigment in the connective tissue of organs and in the dermis, a genetic condition known as “Fibro-melanosis”.

The black meat of Kadaknath is rich in protein and high in iron and amino acids and is popular among the local population because of its black flesh being very delicious and soft. It is also known for its adaptability, given its high tolerance level to conditions of extreme heat and cold, thereby being suitable for extreme climatic conditions.

The tribal also value the breed for its cultural and health values besides considering it as sacred. They use the Kadaknath blood in the treatment of chronic diseases in human beings and its meat is believed to be aphrodisiac. The eggs are highly nutritious for old people because of low cholesterol content and free amino acids (18 kinds of amino acids including the 8 essential amino acids for the human body) besides Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and B12.

Kadaknath Black Chicken Meat has been reared by tribal over a long period of time. The Kadaknath bird is grown in the Madhya Pradesh districts of Jhabua, Dhar, Barwani and Alirajpur and includes adjoining the adjoining areas of Rajasthan and Gujarat over an area of about 800 sq. miles. View Vendor List...


Tikamgarh Bell Metal Works

The GI tag has been obtained by the single-casting bell metal artisans of Tikamgarh Town and Samarra Village of District-Tikamgarh (M.P.), for their traditional and indigenous bell metal products that have achieved national and international recognition and are highly valued.

The development of single casting bell metal work in Tikamgarh can be traced few centuries back to the creation of various types of ammunitions, arts and artefacts like Cannons, Idols and Toys made by the Swarnakars under the patronage of the Royal Maharajas of Tikamgarh.

With time, they began making bell metal artefacts for common populace like Pajebs, Kada ornaments; Bells for temples, cows and bullocks; Samai and Diyas; Gadiya Gulla for Sankranti festival; musical instruments - Manjiras, Jhanjar, Ghungroo; Palki handles; Chakki etc. Thus the bell metal artefacts became an integral part of daily life and the traditional festivity.

From economic perspective, the art is performed by the lower strata of Swarnakars. While the well-to-do Swarnakars did gold and silver-smith works, it was the lower strata Swarnakars who went on to take up the bell metal work. The same is still relevant. View Vendor List...