Can anyone give me an idea about the clay craft of West Bengal please.. apart from the Kumartuli figurines of Gods and Goddesses what are the other forms of clay craft of Bengal?
Posted On : 04/27/09 4:40:30 AM
Maniam PS Reward Points : 273700 Member Since : Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Maharaja Krishnachandra 1710 1783 was the patron of the arts, including literature and music, and supported the production of clay dolls. In 1728 he brought families of potters from Dhaka and Natore and settled them in Ghurni, then a village. EVenthough, there are clay sculptures in different parts of India but there has been nothing to match the clay doll artisans of Krishnanagar in the Nadia district of West Bengal. One look at the clay dolls and one will be amazed at the reality with which the artist has displayed the character of the model. Krishnanagar clay dolls are unique in their realism and the quality of their finish, they truly represent a breakaway from the traditional form. Besides the the entire pantheonof gods and godesses, fruits, fish, insects, animals, birds, and even the ubiquitous Donald Duck and other popular comic strip characters are produced. Also realistic recreations of everyday life, work, mood and character- farmers, weavers, rag pickers, basket makers, umbrella makers - are yet other specialties of Krishnanagar dolls. Exhibitions of Krishnagar dolls have been held in London, Paris and Boston. 6 Ghurni clay models have won medals and certificates at international exhibitions. 7
Posted On : 04/27/09 8:30:39 PM
Roop Chatterjee Reward Points : 21400 Member Since : Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Hi ...West bengal has a rich tradition of clay crafts and pottery. There is hardly any Hindu festival or ritual, which is complete without the use of earthen lamps or diya. The terracotta tradition is the continuation of the Indus valley traditions that date back 5000 years. India also has an age-old tradition of clay toys and terracotta figures. Terracotta work is centered in the states of West Bengal, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.
Clay is an integral part of our lives in West Bengal. Besides Kumartuli there are several areas in Kolkata where clay models are made But the iconographic features are more or less the same-the Kumarpara in Kalighat area is one. As for other forms-WB has a rich tradition of burnt clay/terracotta temples, houses, utensils and jewellery. Bishnupur is one of the best locations where a group of beautiful terracotta temples have been well preserved by the ASI. Clay pots are regularly used in the villages and in the cities they are regularly used for carrying food items. They also play an important part in performing religious rituals. Lately terracotta jewellery has found an important accessory for women and provided a good source of income to a large number of people.