ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Restoring Heritage

Clay and Culture in Kumorpara

The artisan community in Chandannagar faces a life of precarity and institutional apathy.


The author wishes to thank her PhD supervisor Jenia Mukherjee for her help and support. The idol-makers of Kumorpara are deeply acknowledged for being generous with their time and providing vital information for this research project.


“Ei chole jacchey, aarki …” replied Basudev Pal, a 72-year-old veteran clay idol-maker in the Duplex Patty area of Kumorpara in Chandannagar when I asked him, in January this year, how his idol-making business was faring. His response translates to “It’s ok,” a standard, not promising response to being asked how someone’s life is.


Basudev Pal, an elderly idol maker of the town of Chandannagar
Basudev Pal, an elderly idol maker of the town of Chandannaga

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Updated On : 11th Oct, 2021
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