Ma, Mati Aar Manus
AUTHOR: SATYAJIT GANGULY | OCTOBER,2021
Durga-puja always goes behind the scenes to the people for whom the festival is more than just a few days of celebrations – It’s their means of livelihood. Like last year, this time also it seems no better as the lights will be fewer, the pandals will be smaller and the height of the deity will not exceed, dampening the Idol buying sentiment.
Despite all these, proud to see the artisans making idols even though their financial status remains the same in fact has deteriorated . But escaping reality is not their hearts want and simply not giving up keeps their heart beating. More than puja grandeur its always the dark back alleys of the potter’s quarters where one finds their precious god building up steadily by their creators.
These creators of God gently carve out the eyebrows on the idol with a clay modelling tool scraper called chiari, brushes the dust off with sandpaper and then wipes the idol’s face lovingly with a brush, as if were his own daughter. Most of these clay deities will take a few more days to give a completed look.