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? 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 . 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.
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.
Happy Saraswati Puja to you all in advance
More posts to come in future .
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