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Kumartuli

As you walk a little from Shovabazar Ghat of River Hooghly or from the west gate of the Shovabazar metro Station towards the Rabindra Sarani Lane, you will come across the Kumartuli. This is a place where a number of Kumars or potters are always busy with their work of designing and sculpting huge statues of Gods and Goddesses which are later used for the festivals of the city. The most common are the statues of Goddess Durga here. Initially clay and straw are used to form the figures and then they are spray painted. The original material used are the marrows of the banana trees but now many other materials are being used in making these idols. Later, the idols are dressed in fine attires and are ready to be sent to the pandals for being worshipped.
Sarthak Goel
Kumartuli, a place where you will find umpteen statues of Maa Durga , Ganesh beautifully crafted from mud over the frame of bamboos and shrubs. It's a very narrow lane with dingy godowns on both sides. I could see artisans working with utmost precisions and affection, though they were a bit disturbed while people were clicking them all through the way (which includes me as well :P). Make sure to carry your camera as it is a photographer's paradise. The entry ticket/kind of charity as written on the entry pass is Rs. 100 if you are carrying a DSLR. You can get snacks/tea/colddrinks in the small shops available in the lanes. I went by my bike so I parked it outside the lane and then covered the whole place walking and clicking. Kumartuli for me was a very special place. The first place that I googled when I came here from Delhi, the first place I look upto on tripoto and it happened to make me meet a very special person and the story that followed.
Sarthak Goel
Kumartuli, a place where you will find umpteen statues of Maa Durga , Ganesh beautifully crafted from mud over the frame of bamboos and shrubs.It's a very narrow lane with dingy godowns on both sides. I could see artisans working with utmost precisions and affection, though they were a bit disturbed while people were clicking them all through the way (which includes me as well :P).Make sure to carry your camera as it is a photographer's paradise. The entry ticket/kind of charity as written on the entry pass is Rs. 100 if you are carrying a DSLR. You can get snacks/tea/colddrinks in the small shops available in the lanes. I went by my bike so I parked it outside the lane and then covered the whole place walking and clicking.Kumartuli for me was a very special place. The first place that I googled when I came here from Delhi, the first place I look upto on tripoto and it happened to make me meet a very special person and the story that followed.
Kshitiz Goliya
After deboarding at Baghbazar Ghat, I walked to Kumartuli, near Chitpur road. The place is famous for its craft of making clay idols, which are used in Durga and Saraswati Pujas as well as various other functions and events. The artisans have been practicing this craft for centuries and generations.
Juin Biswas
I am a 23 year old Software Professional currently working with a MNC in Kolkata. I have spent a year in Kolkata and had planned this trip last year around October (after Mahalaya) before Durga Puja because that is the best time when all the Durga idols getting its final touches. I had heard a lot about this place and it was on my list for a long time.I would recommend this place to those who have interest in photgraphy because this place has a lot to offer you. Kumartuli is located near Shobhabazar. The word Kumartuli comes from Kumar means 'potter' and tuli means 'locality'. It is traditional potters quarter where around 150 families are solely engaged in idol making and they have been in this occupation from past 300 years.It is a famous sculpting hot-spot which maufactures clay idols for various festivities. I have shared a few pictures of Kumartuli from my archives.Walking down the narrow lanes of Kumartuli is an offbeat experience altogether where you can actually see the amount of effort that goes into making such beautiful idols and enjoy watching the whole process of idol making with finest detailings.
Juin Biswas
I am a 23 year old Mechanical engineer and currently working in TCS Kolkata. I have spent a year in Kolkata and I had planned this trip last year around October (after Mahalaya) before Durga Puja because that is the best time when all the Durga idols getting its final touches. I had heard a lot about this place and it was on my list for a long time.I would recommend this place to those who have interest in photgraphy because this place has a lot to offer you. Kumartuli is located near Shobhabazar.The word Kumartuli comes from Kumar means potter and tuli means locality. It is traditional potters quarter where around 150 families are solely engaged in idol making and they have been in this occupation from past 300 years. It is a famous sculpting hot-spot which maufactures clay idols for various festivities. I have shared a few pictures of Kumartuli from my archives.Walking down the narrow lanes of Kumartuli is an offbeat experience altogether where you can actually see the amount of effort that goes into making such beautiful idols and enjoy watching the whole process of idol making with finest detailings.