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Idol Makers
People  /  Published 05.11.21

Durga and Kali idols from teen sculptor

Initially, his family, comprising his parents and two younger brothers, found it difficult to manage the extra expense for Subrata to make idols. But later, father Biswanath started saving to make his...
By Monalisa Chaudhuri in Kolkata

Calcutta  /  Published 16.10.20

Puja amid a pandemic

It may not feel like it, but Monday is Tritiya. The big ticket Pujas will be opening on the day and the rest of the week, well, you can hear the priest chanting mantras over the loudspeaker, see your ...
By Brinda Sarkar

Jharkhand  /  Published 14.10.20

Restriction on bhog impractical, says Puja body

The government’s guidelines to have only four-feet high idols in Durga Puja pandals have evoked sharp criticism from the faithful said sources. Durga Johri, President of the Sri Kendriya Durga ...
By Our Correspondent in Daltonganj

Jharkhand  /  Published 04.10.20

Idol norms push artisans to the brink

Swapan Paul (67) said he had received 15 orders of which four or five were above 4 feet. “These will go waste,” he rued, adding that instead of the usual Rs 30,000 they would earn for a 10...
By Our Correspondent in Dhanbad

Calcutta  /  Published 06.09.20

Covid: homemaker turns to idol-making

A homemaker who had seen her husband make Durga idols from a distance for many years has picked up the paintbrush after decades following his death. Piu Pal’s only motivation — to ensure ...
By Kinsuk Basu in Calcutta

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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

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


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