Currently, the artisans are in dire financial straits primarily due to a lack of patrons and proper promotions. There is no support from the government either. No one wants to invest in them. This naturally reflects in the quality of their workmanship. Nowadays, the figures lack that characteristic intricacy and attention to detail for which the dolls were renowned.
Mala Chandrashekhar is a Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur. She was with the Oil & Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) for 12 years as a Senior Officer in their Chemical Sciences Division. She resigned from the services of ONGC due to family commitments. A great patron of Indian arts and crafts, Mala is busy these days finding ways to promote the rich cultural heritage of India & its ethnic arts & crafts worldwide through the internet. This is a subject very dear to her heart and she has a popular blog -- http://sanskkriti.blogspot.in/ -- dedicated to the cultural heritage of India. The purpose of maintaining this blog is to bring prosperity to those who are striving hard to preserve the rich heritage of India and relentlessly promoting it worldwide either as a passion or a profession. For any information in this regard, she can be contacted at the Email id : email@example.com
The intricate crafts of India may be incredible in the eyes of foreign tourists, but most of the people who create them continue to live without even the most basic amenities. Even as their exquisite work earns them accolades and gives India its rightful place in the world of art, it doesn't translate to education, safety, health and even a decent livelihood for these craftspeople - weavers, potters and artists.
15/07/2015 2:57 PM IST
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