Friday, December 28, 2012

Indian handicrafts artisans : A Powerhouse of Talent, But Living Below Poverty Line

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India may be an incredible country but the people who had always toiled and are toiling hard to give the country a beautiful place in the world map are however not shining. Most of the national award winning craftsmen whose exquisite crafts have helped India earn a very high place  in the artistic world around the globe are unfortunately living without even the basic amenities. These craftsmen are fighting hard for their livelihood, health, education and safety of their family members.

The Indian craftsmen are common people, most of them living below the poverty line in India. Most of them take loans from the local moneylenders at an interest rate of 5% or even more for a month for their bread and butter and due to very less earning for their work they find it extremely difficult to repay the loans. This forces  them to shift to other sources of earning, which fossilizes traditional art forms, which have immense aesthetic & spiritual beauty in them.

Since Indian independence, various steps have been taken for preserving the traditional arts and crafts of India . But today Indian craftsmen, who are a powerhouse of artistic genius, are at the crossroads, beset with poverty and illness.

Indian craftsmen are craving for genuine buyers of their masterpieces and this is only  possible through proper marketing of their products, using latest technologies. The Indian government needs to exhibit their works not only through local showrooms but also through national and international museums and international exhibitions around the globe, after creating a rave around the globe through internet, social media etc ."

There are many artisans who are probably the last men alive on earth who know the particular craft form and after them nobody to preserve and continue the art. The new generation doesn't want to learn these crafts, as it takes  tremendous time , dedication and hard work and after learning too there are no rewards of any kind, monetary or otherwise.

Some of the masterpieces  take even 10 years of dedicated work to complete . There was a time in history, when the Indian kings who were great patrons of arts and crafts, patronised these art forms.

Some of the masterpieces of Indian craftsmen are posted below.

Indian craftsmen are craving for genuine admirers and buyers from around the globe. Such great art forms will become extinct from the surface of the earth, unless the world knows about the existence of such treasures. 

This Blogpost is for drawing the attention of those who really care for fine arts and truly value artistic genius.


                                           ( Clay Dolls of Krishnanagar in West Bengal )

                                                Rosewood Dining Table of Karnataka
                               Garden Umbrella : Applique Work / Patch Work of Orissa

                                              Rosewood Dining Table of Karnataka


                                            Clay Dolls of Krishnanagar in West Bengal

                                      Garden Umbrella : Applique Work / Patch Work of Orissa


                                            Clay Dolls of Krishnanagar in West Bengal

                                                 Rosewood Round Table of Karnataka


                                 Garden Umbrella : Applique Work / Patch Work of Orissa


                                              Clay Doll of Krishnanagar in West Bengal
                                                  Rosewood Pooja Gopuram of Karnataka



                                                             Tanjore Painting


                                            Bhogashakthi : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore


                                         Bhogashakthi : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore


                                        God Brahma with Goddess Saraswathi :Tanjore Painting

                                               Brass Lamp of Tanjore, Tamil Nadu


                                                        Krishna : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore

                                                            Baby Krishna : Tanjore Painting

                                        Brass Lamp / Kutthu vilakku of Tanjore, Tamil Nadu


                                          Lakshmi : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore


                                          Rosewood Geethopadesham Wall Hanging of Karnataka
                  Krishna imparting the knowledge of Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna in the battlefield

                                                                  Tanjore Painting


                                        Bhogashakthi : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore


                                         Krishna : Shivani Wood Carving of Karnataka
                              Goddess Parvathi : Shivani Wood Carving of Karnataka

                                                         Brass Lamp of Karnataka


                                                   Nataraja : Chola Bronze Icon of Tanjore

                                                              Brass Lamp of Karnataka


                                          Krishna : Shivani Wood Carving of Karnataka

                                      Goddess Saraswathi : Shivani Wood Carving of Karnataka

6 comments:

  1. The people who are in the industry of handicrafts are always below poverty line.
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  2. Your efforts to raise awareness about the state of traditional Indian arts and Indian artisans are truly commendable.

    Providing socio-economic security to artisans and to keep the traditional artforms alive is our motto here at Poompuhar ( A Govt. of Tamilnadu Undertaking).

    Glad to see that we are not alone in the endeavour to bring much deserved recognition to our traditional Indian artforms.

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  3. Wow Each product has a story to tell. Each product reminds me about the various facets of the beautiful Indian culture. .When you gift someone a handicraft like shown, you are actually gifting them a piece of India’s history, diversity and tradition. I just loved it. Do you even sell the above items? If yes Please let me know.

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  4. I am speechless to our Indian Culture and unique handicraft .

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  5. Really incredible india have incredible handicrafts

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