MADE OF CLAY (Documentary on Ghurni’s Clay Art) | a doc by Crimson Hand

MADE OF CLAY (Documentary on Ghurni’s Clay Art) | a doc by Crimson Hand


Around 2007, I received
district and state awards. That year itself, the National
Merit Programme was announced in Delhi. I was awarded the Merit in 2009 In 2009 I participated once again. That year I was selected from West Bengal,
and awarded the National Award in 2012. There are several categories
in clay work. One is the already famous
human figures of Krishnanagar. By human figure,
we mean these. This is Krishnanagar’s traditional art form Krishnanagar is famous for this. Now, various types of work is done here. This type of work has decreased a lot. Also there are a few craftsman
who can do this. Now, most are embracing
modern artforms. Abstract, Realist art… Portrait work was already there,
it’s still there now. Apart from these, Fibre glass
wasn’t used earlier. 20 years back Fibre glass arrived. This way our work
has got classified now. The market demand for
Fibre glass is of-course high. Abstract works are also in demand. Craftsmen here are no longer
trained for detailed-work. I don’t think anyone else in Ghurni
does the type of work I do. Artists here work with clay,
in different styles… but I can’t recall anyone
who works with details like me. The tradition of Krishnanagar
is hand-made clay dolls. Which can be found
in these human figures. Completely hand-made. If that ‘Bishnu’ is made by hand,
it would cost 3000-4000 for a single piece. If that is made using dice… the cost will be 300-400 rupees. Then the finishing
wont be good enough. We are doing this just
for the sake of a livelihood! We are just doing our duty There’s not much money in it. Most of our figures are
sent to southern parts of India. People here in Bengal
doesn’t value this! This should cost
a minimum of 100 rupees. That we are selling in bulk
for 40 rupees only. You wont know about the hardwork involved
unless you sit here and watch. Almost 300 pieces are
made in a month. Now deduct all the expenses… where does the cost stand? Compared to the rocketing price of goods,
where does our income stand? From the state of our house itself,
you can understand our economic condition. Govt. help means… loan! Loans are a trap in itself. Loan causes more damage. Earlier there was an artist subsidy
of 40% along with the loan. for cottage industry… Now subsidy is
almost non-existent Unless you coax govt. officials
you won’t get any help. So there’s no special
facility for artists. This is no help
from the govt.

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