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