Supported by St+ art India The mural tells the story of artisans from Kumartuli, another Kolkata neighbourhood, who craft the idols of Goddess Durga for the annual Durga Puja. It evokes the unparalleled excitement and joyous anticipation with which the city awaits the festivities. But even more significantly, it pays homage to these artisans who bring to life the very essence of the festivities but remain in the shadows themselves.
Pune based artist, @afzan_pirzade, (assisted by @rohmacrystalart) who was involved in the execution of the mural, spent time in the tiny, dimly-lit workshops of artisans in the narrow by-lanes of Kumartuli getting to know their process, their traditions, their trials and their tribulations. His time with them informed the design of the mural that celebrates often invisibilized artisans as well as Kolkata’s culture and spirit.
Hunted by Tim.
Pictures by provided by the artist.