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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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  • Copyright: Alekhya Sundar (aleXundar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 0 N: 265] (1256)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-12-27
  • Categories: Artwork
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-18 8:44
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