I took this shot at Kumortuli(An area in North Kolkata).
Kumortuli (also spelt Kumartuli, or the archaic spelling Coomartolly) (Bengali: কুমোরটুলি) is a traditionally potters’ quarter in northern Kolkata (previously known as Calcutta), 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.
The British colonisation of Bengal and India started following the victory of the British East India Company in the Battle of Plassey in 1757. The Company decided to build new settlement Fort William at the site of the Gobindapur village. Most of the existing population shifted to Sutanuti. While such neighbourhoods as Jorasanko and Pathuriaghata became the centres of the local rich, there were other areas that were developed simultaneously. The villages of Gobindapur, Sutanuti and Kalikata developed to give rise to the later day metropolis of Calcutta.
Holwell, under orders from the Directors of the British East India Company, allotted ‘separate districts to the Company’s workmen.’ These neighbourhoods in the heart of the Indian quarters acquired the work-related names – Suriparah (the place of wine sellers), Collotollah (the place of oil men), Chuttarparah (the place of carpenters), Aheeritollah (cowherd’s quarters), Coomartolly (potters’ quarters) and so on.
Most of the artisans living in the north Kolkata neighbourhoods dwindled in numbers or even vanished, as they were pushed out of the area in the late nineteenth century by the invasion from Burrabazar. In addition, Marwari businessmen virtually flushed out others from many north Kolkata localities. The potters of Kumortuli, who fashioned the clay from the river beside their home into pots to be sold at Sutanuti Bazar (later Burrabazar), managed to survive in the area. Gradually they took to making the images of gods and goddesses, worshipped in large numbers in the mansions all around and later at community pujas in the city and beyond.
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subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-07-12 2:16
pujor gondho tahole chhorano suru holo akashe-batashe... Nice daily life. Love the framing with the artisan... IMHO, you should avoid the iron gate at left using some different POV. Otherwise it is a nice daily life shot. Tfs.
jhm (158968) 2013-07-12 3:57
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
Also your picture is attractive and lovely for look at.
Colours, sharpness and clarity are fantastic.
Excellent composition, your presentation are superb.
Very well Done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
williewhistler (16412) 2013-07-12 4:44
Hello Indrasish,the slight toning that you have applied to the image works very well.
An interesting capture enhanced by the sharp details and good composition.
ikeharel (77301) 2013-07-12 7:34
The sepia tones work well here for the pic. of the dark workshop, Indrasish.
Wonder how those artists manage to work in the relatively dark place.
Good show of the entrance and the art-el;ements within.
Have a nice weekend,
Noel_Byrne (33426) 2013-07-12 7:42
Its always great to see these fine works of art and a greater treat still to see them being created. You've captured the artist at work and making a statue that will no doubt be revered by countless people. Nice choice in sepia too, it suits the image really well!
All the best
danos (102558) 2013-07-12 9:42
nice the view as the presentation of this workshop with the lot of statues to fill out the place.Well chosen the vertical format with the informative note about the place to fill perfect the whole scenery.
wolf38 (31296) 2013-07-12 9:55
Hello Indrasish. Indian art for all sorts of occasions. The Bilkd reminds me of my stay in India years ago public. I have often watched these artists at work and admire their actions
ourania (50583) 2013-07-12 9:57
a very interesting moody picture describing the workshop and its atmosphere effectively with the excellent aid of the monochrome. I like very much the human presence amid the sculptures and at a critical spot, between light and shadow. The cold tint of the monochrome is marvellous. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Romano46 (18472) 2013-07-12 10:04
un bel bianco e nero che ci mostra, come tuo solito, una India insolita, da dietro le quinte.
Al soggetto bven di addice la decolorazione anche perchè l'alternarsi di chiaro e di scuro della bottega sono più idonei ad una visione monocromatica.
Molto buono anche il contrasto ed eccellente il particolare soggetto.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
pajaran (65100) 2013-07-12 12:52
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na radionicu skulptura ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana radionica i skulpture.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Very interesting and good text with the given data ...
Nice view of the sculpture workshop ...
A good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated workshops and sculpture.
All the best for the weekend.
Miguel82 (27740) 2013-07-15 6:14
Nice document from the stone workers area dear Indrashish
Good framing, excellent presentation and sharpness
All the best and good afternoon
photoray (13981) 2013-07-17 13:14
Excellent glimpse of potter artisans handi crafts, impressive Hindu deities, and all in classical sepia tone.
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2943)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, 18-135 Nikkor
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kolkata (My city) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-12 1:07