Crude puppets of straw and earth drying out in the sun are the principal sign that the celebration season is around the bend. In Chittaranjan Park, home to an expansive Bengali people group in Delhi, symbols at a faintly lit temporary tent are lined in 12 lines noted by Jagmohan Garg. Madhab Halder, a craftsman, wearing a mud-splashed shirt, is applying a layer of mud on a feed middle. A couple of steps away, craftsman Govind Nath sits on the ground, holding a mud face and carving eyes with a device.
Madhab and Govind are among a gathering of 11 craftsmans who are attempting to take care of the demand for icons in the National Capital Region in front of Durga Puja festivities. So far they have gotten 30 orders from people and enrolled social orders crosswise over Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab.
The five-day celebration, saw by Hindus to check goddess Durga’s fight against evil presence Mahishasura, will start on September 26. Every year fans set up pandals with monstrous Durga symbols that are drenched into waterway on the penultimate day of the celebration.
Craftsmans say they go to the city three months in front of the celebration and this year as well, the arrangements started in month of June. The earth utilized as a part of the icons is from towns in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. Most craftsmans are from Krishnanagar in West Bengal and they have been working 15 hours a day to take care of the demand.
Conventional icon creators like us, whose families have been in this calling for some eras, come to CR Park amid real celebrations, for example, Saraswati Puja and Durga Puja. These couple of months are pivotal for us. We need to profit to cruise as the year progressed,” said 45-year-old Govind Nath, the head craftsman from Kolkata. Nath said he learnt symbol making from his dad, who worked in CR Park before him. Nath grew up watching his dad at work and went along with him when he was an adolescent.
To start, the icon producers make dolls out of straw, refuse and mud. The earth icons are then put in the sun to dry. Craftsman Madhab Halder said he has built up a notoriety throughout the years. “At whatever point individuals need icons amid this celebration, they get in touch with us and place orders. A symbol can be made in 10-15 days, contingent on the climate and the quantity of producers. Once the celebration is finished, we come back to our towns in Bengal,” said 30-year-old Madhab.
Craftsmans say their greatest test is working in unforgiving, capricious climate. “It has rained intensely over the most recent few months. There wasn’t much daylight. The symbols set aside a great deal of opportunity to dry,” Halder said.
Another test is thinking of new plans every year while keeping the conventional and religious esteems. Durga icons are typically given 10 hands however this time they intend to make one with 22 hands. A year ago, the tallest symbol at the acclaimed Kali Bari Mandir measured 18 feet. These craftsmans additionally mean to break that record by making a symbol 20 feet high and 45 feet wide.
Inside the tent in CR Park, three different craftsmans are offering shape to a mud lion on which stands a figure of the goddess. One craftsman says the occupation is burdening. “Eye issues are a piece of our calling. My dad and granddad too experienced it. I am in my mid-40s now and have begun wearing glasses,” Nath agrees.
Jagmohan Garg also said likewise, managing wet earth and working in soggy conditions can deliver steady cool and hack. “I don’t need my youngsters to take up this calling. So far as that is concerned, the cutting edge era is not keen on taking in this workmanship by any stretch of the imagination. Everybody needs to wind up specialist or architect. No one needs to end up noticeably an icon creator,” said Nath.
Since demonetisation and GST, the cost of crude materials and transportation has expanded two times, they say.
“Take for instance our most imperative material — mud. A little measure of it cost us Rs 10 a year ago. In any case, this time, we paid Rs 20 for a similar amount. The cost has expanded for everything,” Nath said.
Nath and others keep on camping in the Capital for four to a half year a year to make divine beings and goddesses. “For whatever length of time that celebrations are praised each year, the craft of symbol making won’t lose its appeal. We have favors of the divine beings,” said Nath.