After reeling below the COVID impact for the final one yr, 200-odd clay-modellers in potters’ hub Kumartuli in north Kolkata at the moment are going through rain risk and utilizing numerous means to guard their idols days forward of Mahalaya, which heralds the graduation of the Durga Puja festivities. The artisans, who’ve acquired far lesser orders than earlier years, are struggling to maintain their semi-finished idols dry utilizing plastic covers, pedestal followers, blowers and glowing lamps, as supply dates start on October 4, two days forward of Mahalaya.
The India Meteorological Division (IMD) has, in the meantime, predicted a contemporary spell triggered by low-depression only some days after heavy rain lashed the town and different elements of the state final week. “The reserving state of affairs was very uninteresting until July, however issues began to lookup from mid-August. Now, most of us have acquired a mean of 20 bookings per head. “Nonetheless, we’re having to incur extra prices to maintain the idols dry utilizing followers, blowers, lights and plastic sheets, which might not be borne by the organisers. Now, we’re once more going through rain risk. Fortunately, Kumartuli would not usually get waterlogged,” Sujit Paul, one of many main artisans who has acquired 40 bookings, informed PTI.
Chaina Pal, one of many few ladies clay-modellers in Kumartuli, mentioned that bookings are greater than final yr however decrease than 2019, and rain risk looms massive. Kumartuli Mritshilpo Samity office-bearer Kartik Paul mentioned that puja organisers will not be keen to shell out greater than Rs 40,000-Rs 50,000 per idol, which is way decrease than pre-COVID budgets of Rs 80,000-Rs 1.5 lakh, whereas most idols are ‘ekchala’ and round 7-9 feet-high. “Whilst Kumartuli was making an attempt to beat COVID pandemic and its long-standing results, contemporary rain triggered by a low-pressure space is making it troublesome for artisans to undo the harm achieved by incessant downpour prior to now few weeks,” he mentioned.
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