Bishnupur is a city in Bankura District in the state of West Bengal, India. It is famous for its terracotta temples and the balucheri sarees.
Terracotta is the benchmark of Bishnupur. Apart from the temples, terracotta pottery, artifacts and even jewellery made in this very traditional material is famous.
The village Pachmura is 25 km away from Bishnupur. All inhabitants of this village are potters. These people construct several varieties of earthenware – from daily use materials to colorful decorative items.
The produce are earthen vessels, such as palm/date-juice container, large water pot, small water pot, and various festivals specific items like idols -god, goddess, earthen lamp etc. In various seasons, special earthen pots are prepared as there is market demand.
The artisans are required to collect earth for pottery .It is very difficult to find suitable earth for the work. They have to bring it from far off places in trolley, which increases the expenditure on raw materials. The water collection is also a difficult task, as sufficient water is needed to mix earth to make fine clay. The tube well is located far and people are forced to stand in a long queue, which is time consuming.
Women arrange the earthen pots in line, color and place in fire and finally arrange them to store them carefully in their homes. People need to collect dry leaves and wood as fuel for the raw produce. Forest is far away and collection of fuel is time-consuming. The cost of kerosene oil has increased to Rs. 18 per litre and it is difficult to continue work in the night with such expensive light. Hence, they are forced to stop the work. There is electricity in the other hamlets. They had submitted money for procuring power lines, but it has been returned for some reason As regards the market it is the middlemen who dominate and collect decorative items at very low price.
This is a studio cum residence of a potter who is giving his imagination into shapes with a lump of clay.
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alagarcia (252) 2007-10-29 4:42
very nice picture and good description
arnabchat (7233) 2007-10-31 3:21
Hi, like the fact that you bring up images of traditional crafts of Bengal. TFS, Arnab
aloyho (6798) 2008-01-09 18:45
Hi Avishek Khan,
The strong local flavour is well portrayed here and I like the tight crop which allowed us to concentrate on the potter. There are a;so good colour and tonal qualities. Well done!!
Regards and a great 2008.
dcawker (5717) 2008-04-14 6:32
Excellent composition and subject as well! Regards, Doug
marietom (34607) 2008-04-30 1:53
Un bien beau bric à brac, pour une belle scène de vie quotidienne !
pboehringer (770) 2008-05-20 18:47
that is a very good shot with the interaction of the artist and his work being exposed ready to be sold right there. The light management is a little bit off with a lot of dark portions in the scene but not to the point that makes it impossibel to see what is going on in all parts of the image.
Angshu (55667) 2008-06-05 21:01
The interaction between the artist & his work has been well exhibited here. I think, the light might not have been very conducive, but well done with the exposure. Maybe a little light enhancement in PP for the dark images. A big thanks for sharing this picture showcasing the traditional art of Bishnupur & Bengal
alainh (35581) 2008-06-14 23:25
a pleasure of travelling in your beautiful country through your photographs.
superb daily life
in a friendly way
- Copyright: Avishek Khan (avishek_khan) (544)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-18
- Categories: Artwork
- Exposure: f/2.4, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Arts and Crafts of Bengal [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-29 4:03