Fashioning the goddess with hands of experience

"Mrit Shilpalaya" (The place where idols are made )

Mrit Shilpalaya(The place where idols are made )

The last blog post was about Indian Goddess and the way of revering it. Fortunately this one is related to revering. Well this post is about the idols we revere and the idol makers. People may think that I am a follower of god as back to back three posts are on Mythology (Durga,Ganga,this) . Trust me i am an atheist but the Indian Mythology fascinates me as the customs and rituals are different from the others. We all worship idols everyday but do we really know anything about the idol makers? IMG_7291 Idol makers are the persons who make this idols out of clay . They work throughout the year as the Hindu Calendar is full of Pujas . This art is known as ‘Mrit Shilpa’.The way those carvings and detailing are done are really commendable. In Kolkata when the word “Idol Making” comes, the first thing that flashes into one’s mind is Kumartuli . IMG_7294 Kumartuli is undoubtedly the best place for this but there are other places also where this art is practiced. This place is situated at Tobin Road, Baranagar, Kolkata.



Late Deben De was the founder of this place. Now his sons Bumba De and Debu De carry on this art. There are mainly ten workers. They not only make idols but also the garments and ornaments. If you stay at Baranagar you should know this place. IMG_7342

BUMBA DE     ( The Head Artist )

Finishing Touch :)

Finishing Touch 🙂

I would like to ask my photographer friends to pay a visit to this place or to bring some other place like this in the limelight.

Maa Saraswati

Maa Saraswati

Happy Saraswati Puja to you all in advance

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14 thoughts on “Fashioning the goddess with hands of experience

  1. This place is really beautiful. You get to learn a lot, seeing these people go about their daily lives, making idols that impress everyone.

    Kumartuli holds a special place in my heart since this was the place where I literally learnt photography.

    And, by the way, it was a pretty nice write-up!

  2. Goddess Saraswati shown from completely from an idol-maker’s viewpoint.
    Keep it up.
    Will keep waiting for more from you. 🙂

  3. Since you asked for a comment…..
    This is a very lovely post. I enjoyed reading it. The pictures are relevant and skilfully clicked. Keep up the nice work.
    P.S.- ICSE is only about a month away. Porashona kor bhai.

  4. The pictures are awesome, as usual. 🙂 The last pic and the first pic are my favorites (After all, the morning shows the day and all’s well that ends well 🙂 )
    Keep up the awesomeness (and don’t have a worry, shobai ICSE te phatiye deye) 😛

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