I took this hot at Kumartuli..
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.
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.
Critiques | Translate
krzychu30 (14398) 2013-09-19 2:49
nice shot!I like the composition and the way you utilized the light to create here so unique mood of the scene.
You´ve found a really exceptional way of looking at your Kolkata.
Have a nice day
pajaran (44372) 2013-09-19 3:39
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o gradu, i umetnicima grncarije sa datim podacima ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazana glava tigra.
Umetnost nema granice.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the city, and pottery artists from the given data ...
Good work, beautiful tiger head shown.
Art knows no boundaries.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
subhendu_bagchi (23657) 2013-09-19 4:45
hello brother, here you presented a nice one from Kumartuli. Great composition placing the lion in FG. It is nicely sharp to enjoy. Like the contrast with the darker interior. I think the total frame is a bit under exposed and it created here a mysterious ambience. Excellent. Tfs.
Romano46 (14520) 2013-09-19 8:02
una foto straordinaria per la particolare illuminazione del soggetto animale che risalta nella bella composizione in maniera straordinaria grazie anche ad una definizione impeccabile.
Ottimi anche i colori aiutati da un contrasto di ottimo livello.
Uno scatto di grande effetto per il quale mi complimento
Ciao e buona serata
Nicou (109742) 2013-09-19 8:29
quelle image et compo sueprbe vue et captage quelle compo ces dent cette bouche grande ouverte quel détail splendide.
Bravo et amitié
aleXundar (1256) 2013-09-19 9:47
Needs some repairing…
I wonder what will be the colours…
Teeth are sharper than...
Oh sorry, I was commenting on the lion!
In fact the picture is so natural that one is automatically drawn to the subject.
Great clarity in difficult light situation dear.
With best wishes,
jhm (130662) 2013-09-20 1:43
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
I have a lot respect for the makers of this nice sculpture, but also for the photographer that makes these nice picture.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant to look at.
Nice composition, excellent presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,