Director : Ranajit Ray
Duration :52 minutes
A modest tradition of making clay images existed in Bengal in
pre-British times. These craftsmen originally “Potters” by caste
became the core settlers of Kumartuli, which means “Potters Quarter”.
In spite of contributing to the biggest socio-economic festivity of
the Bengali Hindus, Durga Puja, shared by the people belonging to
every community, culture and religion, their art is anonymously
produced, anonymously sold, and then cast into the river year after
“Documentation of Clay Image Makers of Kumartuli” is an attempt to
understand their plight and Kumartuli’s contribution to the one of the
biggest festival in the world.
It has been selected for RAJAT KAMAL for 62nd National Film awards for
the year 2014 – “for its extensive study of the craft and community of
the Clay Image makers in the context of time”.