Sculptor of Darbhanga: Laxmi-Ganesh sculpts very diligently, who will build the future of these artisans
Report : Abhinav Kumar
Darbhanga. In the race of modernity, handicraft is lagging behind somewhere. A major reason for this is the absence of a large market for handicrafts. Apart from this, the appreciation of handicrafts is also very less in rural and small towns. But most of the handicraft sculptors are from villages around these small towns. In such a situation, if you are fond of handicraft, then come to Mirzapur Chowk in Darbhanga city. There are families of 30 to 35 sculptors here, who have been making idols from generations. They also hope that the goddess of wealth will shower blessings of the goddess of wealth on those who make idols of Goddess Lakshmi and Ganesha who worship them on Diwali.
After Corona, all the festivals are being celebrated with pomp. Diwali has just arrived. On this day Ganesha is worshiped along with Goddess Lakshmi. In view of this, the sculptors of Darbhanga have made idols of Ganesh and Lakshmi. But due to the lack of buyers, this time the idols of Ganesh and Lakshmi are being sold in the market ranging from Rs.10 to Rs.100 a pair.
Sculptures made by taking loan
There are about 30 to 35 such families at Mirzapur Chowk in Darbhanga district, who make idols and sell them in the market. This is how his family runs. But during the Corona era, the financial condition of these families became very bad. Sculptors Baiju Pandit, Rajendra Kumar and Yogendra Pandit tell that there is no market for these idols here. People do not understand the importance of handicraft sculptures. After Corona, business has started again by taking loan.
not selling as expected
Sculptors say that idols have been made, but sales have not happened as expected. They say that people in this area do not understand the importance of handicrafts. There is compulsion, apart from this there is no other employment, that is why we spend sorrow and happiness in this work.
it takes time to make by hand
Baiju Pandit says that his family members have been doing the same thing for three generations. We make 100 pairs of idols in a season. Because they are not made by machine. For this reason it takes more time to make by hand.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 24, 2022, 20:26 IST