Kumortuli ~ The Names Behind the Art

Kumartuli is a traditional potters’ den in NorthKolkata. These people who are blessed with such creativity just not only supply clay idols of hindu gods and goddesses to barowari pujas in Kolkata and neighborhood , but a good no of idols are exported too.

Kumortuli
Kumortuli

Every year at the time of durga puja thousands of idols are made in kumortuli but the icon artisan mostly dwell in poor living conditions.

A naked child is playing in front of the Deity
A naked child is playing in front of the Deity
A small tea shop in Kumortuli
A small tea shop in Kumortuli
Relaxing session
Relaxing session
Potters are chit chatting
Break time

This place is the hot spot for every photographer (both amateur n professional) before the puja. Sometimes the newspaper headings are like “due to amateur photographers hand of lord kartick and trunk of lord Gnesha is broken down” . From this one can easily understand the rush in this period of time.

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Everyone is busy in taking photographs of the idol, the face of the idols from different angle , sometimes they became amicable to the potters also but hardly anyone ask their names or remember their names while talking to them.

My this series of photographs are dedicated to all those potters whose artistry make our festival so beautiful n colorful too.

Tapas Paul
Tapas Paul
Gobinda Paul
Gobinda Paul
Samir Paul
Samir Paul
Asit Kumar Paul & Sisir Kumar Paul
Asit Kumar Paul & Sisir Kumar Paul
Mala Paul
Mala Paul
Madhuri Shilpalay_Asit Kumar Mukhopadhyay
Madhuri Shilpalay_Asit Kumar Mukhopadhyay
K C Paul & Debojyoti Paul
K C Paul & Debojyoti Paul
Ganesh Chandra Paul
Ganesh Chandra Paul & Sons
Asim Kumar Paul

Ram Chandra Pal

Idols are available for sell
Idols are available for sell

When the puja is started no one even bother to go to the kumortuli as all the idols are already in the puja pandals.

Idols are transferring to the Pamdal
Idols are transferring to the Pamdal
Idols are transferring to the Pamdal
Idols are transferring to the Pamdal
Only three idols are lefft for the year
Only three idols are lefft for the year
The Beautiful Idol In the Pandal
The Beautiful Idol In the Pandal
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