Kumortuli is a traditionally potters’ quarter in northern Kolkata, the capital of the east Indian state of West Bengal. By virtue of their artistic productions these potters have moved from obscurity to prominence. This Kolkata neighbourhood, not only supplies clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses to barowari pujas in Kolkata and its neighbourhoods, but a number of idols are exported. It is one of the seven wonders in Kolkata.
Here are some photos of Indian artists working on clay goddess figures in the famous art village Kumortuli. The monsoon rains, as well as inflation and the economic crisis, are slowing the artists to complete the figures in due time for the holidays.
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