During a visit to an exhibition held in London, the Duke of Connaught (1850-1942) asked the Indian sculptor to make his model. The sculptor readily obliged and made a bust of the Duke in less than 5 minutes! It was a clay model, and it was the first clay model of a British by a clay modeler of Krishnanagar.
Gradually clay models of Krishnanagar became world famous and in most of the international exhibitions held since 1851, these extraordinary sculptures have won medals and certificates and also great admiration from connoisseurs.
In a locality of Krishnagar called Ghurni, there is a colony of artists who work with clay that is locally available off the banks of river Jalangi. The clay is specially prepared with the addition of admixtures like cotton, rice husk, saw dust, loam or sandy soil. Some locally crafted tools made of bamboo and kamni wood are used to create folds of simulated clay clothing. Knives of different sizes are used for scraping and brushes of varying sizes made of horse/goat/hag hair. And the rest is… hands of the artist.
I had the opportunity to visit the workshop of master craftsman Late Kartik Chandra Pal. In this photo, a model of great Indian scientist Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray is being prepared.
Acharya P.C. Ray, a D.Sc from Edinburg University (1887), honorary D.Sc from 3 other Universities, was honorary fellow of the Chemical Society and Deutsche Akademie, Munich. The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) honoured his life and work with the first ever Chemical Landmark Plaque outside Europe. He was the founder of Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals, India's first pharmaceutical company.
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holmertz (39513) 2014-01-18 9:07
This is an interesting photo of an artist at work. Judging from the stunning likeness between the bust and the photo he seems to know his job. Making a clay bust in less than 5 minutes sounds like a kind of world record. I am sure this one took a longer time. A very interesting shot with good colours and a nice POV.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-18 10:09
What a fine documentary photo! Thanks for presenting this photo in TE which brings out the rich heritage of this place so well. I am glad to see that some of the skills of these legendary craftsmen are still intact. I know for sure they can give Kumartuli people a run for their money! Good POV chosen to show the picture as well as the bust of the great scientist. I like the way you have captured the artist engrossed in his work. Perfect way of presenting the creator and his creation. I appreciate your efforts to bring this wonderful photo to us.
williewhistler (13535) 2014-01-18 14:15
you have taken this interesting shot from a well chosen view point that includes not only the subject but the image that is being copied,very imaginative.
The concentration of the sculptor is also very well portrayed.
Best wishes Les.
lousat (74993) 2014-01-18 14:57
Hi Alekhya,a very interesting and original post showing us the great work of this artist,i like your close up to have the best details on his work,very well done and great note too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Miguel82 (22417) 2014-01-18 15:26
A really fine scene, an artist working on a sculpture, explanative note about the statue, good report Alekhya, one more time I reply first and I look at the gallery afterwards..
subhendu_bagchi (25503) 2014-01-19 1:01
you presented here a nice moment with artwork and its creater. Nice double portrait. Your choice of POV is very good. Tight but apt framing and perfect light. Excellent work. Tfs.
trevormoffiet (3058) 2014-01-19 1:54
A perfect composition of the artist at work. His hand is well placed to show both the photo and the sculpture. The artist is completely engrossed in his work.
Nicou (119469) 2014-01-19 2:26
Merveilleuse vue et iamge sueprbe scène de cet artiste an travail en train de peaufiner les petits détails fantastique compo.
Bravo et amitié
pajaran (50476) 2014-01-19 2:37
Dobar dan, popodne.
Dobar tekst ...
Lep trenutak sa umetnikom koji vaja bistu ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazan trenutak rada umetnika, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
A good text ...
A nice moment with the artist who sculpted the bust ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the moment the work of artists, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
jhm (137622) 2014-01-19 3:30
I have a lot respect for these great artist.
Also the photographer has these picture perfect made.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Lovely architecture and perfect presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Noel_Byrne (22773) 2014-01-19 6:40
A talented sculpture no doubt, and a great idea by you to include in the background the image that he is working from so that we know exactly how good he is. I find it amazing that a person can take a piece of lifeless clay and breathe life into it like this, it is some talent. Especially the eyes, they are amazing.
Excellent documentary shot,
all the best
mcmtanyel (12029) 2014-01-19 12:47
Nice, tight frame leaves nothing of import out allowing us to concentrate on the artist and his work. Excellent close-up.
mirosu (13190) 2014-01-19 18:10
Excellent detail photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions.
Wish you a very nice week ahead.
danos (85165) 2014-01-20 0:04
nice the view of the sculptor in his workshop as finish his model.
Five minutes to completes this clay bust of the Duke!Great!
I like the original presentation as the excellent light and colour management of the image.
abmdsudi (41984) 2014-01-20 6:22
Artist at work! A really good shot of a very special moment that brings the statue to "life." Really like the juxtaposition timely taken and the the way you caught his intense concentration and the end result It's a very attractive work so imaginative, which could be in decisive moment as well. A delightful shot and you have captured to perfection. Well done
rychem (21677) 2014-01-20 9:07
Interesting scene with the sculptor at work, very well captured and composed photo, great sharpness and light, bravo
Romano46 (16662) 2014-01-21 10:42
composizione molto ben fatta e ricchezza di particolari saltano immediatamente alla vista in questa foto molto interessante.
Gradevole il soggetto e ottimo anche il puinto di ripresa ed il taglio che attira l'attenzione sull'essenziale senza distogliere con particolari poco utili.
Ciao e buona serata
fabbs99 (16151) 2014-01-22 10:53
Superb shot of the sculptor at his work. Good sharpness and lights .Keep sharing.Fantastic shot of this place. Great work. Congratulations. TFS.
nikkitta (14330) 2014-01-25 16:38
Exellent , interesting capture from a good angle to fully appreciate the artist at work, as well as portrait and sculpture of the scientist
Informative note, good work