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Idol Makers
Calcutta  /  Published 05.09.20

Covid: homemaker turns to idol-making

On Saturday, Piu, in her early 40s, had held a few rounds of meetings with her team of workers and Pal’s studio had come alive with the familiar sight of Durga idols being made. Pal hailed from...
By Kinsuk Basu in Calcutta

Jharkhand  /  Published 26.08.20

Dhanbad sculptors hit hard by downturn

Coal town artists and sculptors have had less than 10% of the usual business this year due to the Covid pandemic and lockdown. Worse is the situation of families who are traditionally engaged in idol ...
By Our Correspondent in Dhanbad

North East  /  Published 10.10.18

NRC cloud over Durga artisans

The NRC update has taken a toll on Lakhi Silpalaya, one of the oldest Durga idol-making shops in the city, with many of its artisans toiling to secure legacy documents instead of crafting idols. Busin...
By Gaurav Das in Guwahati

Culture  /  Published 23.02.19

What's behind the rise of public pujas in Bengal?

In February, on the occasion of Saraswati Puja, a culture club in Canning in Bengal’s South 24-Parganas ordered a 45-foot high idol. “The head alone measured eksho aangul or a hundred fingers [an ...
By Moumita Chaudhuri in

North East  /  Published 03.03.19

Idol-maker rues drop in sales

Shankar Pal, 30, a traditional idol-maker, is busy putting finishing touches to a statue of Shiva on Sunday afternoon in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district, ahead of Shiv Ratri on Monday. However, line...
By Manoj Kumar Ojha in Doomdooma

Opinion  /  Published 08.09.19

Ganesha on an assembly line

For Ganesha festivities this year, we decided to take the kids where all the action takes place: the Central Railway Loco Works in Lower Parel, near the Lalbaug flyover in the heart of Mumbai. This is...
By Rajitha Gopinath in


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