Saturday, September 27, 2014

Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols

Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols
Eyes of the Goddess are painted on Mahalaya, called 'Chakkhu Daan'
Here continues my Durga Puja 2014 photo-diary. In my last visit to icon-artisan's workshop to explore the magical art of idol making, I had found almost all deities in eyeless and colorless forms. They were simply clay images by then. I was badly curious to witness how artists paint eyes on their clay sculptures. My latest visit turned out to be quite rewarding and this time I carried my tripod too! Although I missed the 'Chakkhu Daan' of Goddess Durga (i.e. the ritual of painting eyes on the clay image of the Goddess which is ideally done in the day of Mahalaya), I was lucky that artists were painting eyes on clay images of other Gods and Goddesses of Durga family. I could also capture few other steps of idol making, like- putting the base color of idol with electric paint sprayer and covering the naked clay images with colorful fabrics.
Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols
Icon-artist painting eyes on an idol of Goddess Laxmi with unshakable concentration!
Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols
An idol of Goddess Durga waiting for fabrics, after its preliminary painting works are over.
It was quite surprising to see how fast icon artisans can paint eyes on their idols. They do it undisrupted, as if distributing ink one by one to every little boy standing in the queue! I was continuously monitoring their swift work flow from behind the camera. When I asked one of the artists, "Dada, I've been capturing your movements with the brush, doesn't that affect your concentration, or to put it simpler, are you not conscious of my peeping on your ongoing art?", with a small professional smile he replied, "Not at all. We're used to strangers' interferences. Everyday many prospective clients visit in our working hours. So, we attend them in the middle of these works only." Presently a sac of clay costs them 150 odd bucks. How these idol artisans are managing their clients' demands and surviving never-ending financial challenges are coming soon in this blog as a separate post, but not right now in this festival time. I'll keep posting my Durga Puja 2014 diaries whenever I get a chance to come online and meanwhile you click on the "Read more" button below to checkout my rest of the photographs showing artisans busy in painting of idols.

Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols
Is Kartikeya thanking the idol artist with a smile for painting His eyes?

Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols
The Junior artist of the workshop painting less delicate stuffs. He posed for me later!

Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols
Ganesha getting a pink bath from an artisan's electric paint sprayer!

Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols
The plastic cover over Goddess Durga's face won't let dust particles to stick on wet paint.

Durga Puja 2014 - Artisans busy in Painting of Idols
The moment when Kartikeya gained His well trimmed mustache!

9 comments:

  1. Awah !! Nice.. By the way, you know, I too have an album with few of my friends which is album[dot]doorersathi[dot]com

    We maintain yearly database of pictures, as much as we can click !!

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  2. Awesome clicks dude. Very informative post.

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  3. Loved the colour Anunoy !!! Really hats off to the talented artisans !!!

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    1. Yes they are amazing... unfortunately their earnings are meager :-(

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  4. The creation of the beauty that beholds all

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