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Bankura Horses & Terracota Handicrafts of Panchmura, West Bengal

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Bankura district produces a number of terracotta handicrafts, the most popular being the Bankura horse. It has been internationally commended for its elegance and unique charm. Originally used for village rituals, it now adorns drawing rooms across the world as symbols of Indian folk-art. Bankura Horse is the Logo of All India Handicrafts. The principal centres where the terracotta horses and elephants are produced are Panchmura, Rajagram, Sonamukhi and Hamirpur in Bankura district of West Bengal. Each place has its distinct local style. The Panchmura-style of pottery is considered the best and the finest of all the four types.

Another popular local product is Manasachali. The potters of Sonamukhi and Panchmura turn out thousands of Manasachali for worshipping Manasa , the village snake goddess.
Among other forms of handicrafts prevalent in Bankura are  Dhokra, wood carving, conch-shell, stone carving, bamboo craft etc.
Bankura’s terracotta handicraft is an internationally popular art- form. It is believed that the tradition of making terracotta crafts started from the Panchmura region of Bankura in West Bengal. The craftsmen those days used to inscribe the temple walls with the art-work. 

Traditional terracotta products like statues, flower vase,, home décor items, pots and jewellery are common in any Bengali household. The artists of Panchmura make a wide variety of items ranging from depiction of daily chores like flower picking or fishing, to landscapes like tea garden, park, mountains or streams to artistic depiction of local festivities like Charak etc. The artisans these days also make decors and utility products like lamp, tub, crockery, tiles etc. that are in great demand in urban markets.

Bankura horse (Bengali: বাঁকুড়ার ঘোড়া) is the terracotta horse, produced in Panchmura village in Bankura district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It has been internationally commended for its elegance and unique charm. Originally used for village rituals, it now adorns drawing rooms across the world as symbols of Indian folk-art. It is the Logo of All India Handicrafts.

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Terracotta horses and elephants of Bishnupur :

Terracotta clay craft has been the symbol of man’s first attempt at craftsmanship, just as the potter’s wheel was the first machine invented to use the power of motion for a productive purpose. For ages, civilizations have been dated and assessed by the degree of skill and beauty displayed by the earthenware found in excavations.

 Because of its universal appeal pottery has often been termed as the lyrics of handicrafts. However, its association with religious rituals has imbibed it with deeper significance. In India, terracotta traditions are found from the very earliest times. In order to cater to the commercial requirements of the modern global market, the rural India’s potters are often combining the traditional rural art-forms with refined urban tastes to show pieces of elegant terracotta art.

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Spread India's Glorious Cultural & Spiritual Heritage

By Mala Chandrashekhar

Though academically trained in modern Western Sciences, Blogger Mala Chandrashekhar is a crazy maniac of India's ageless, timeless ethnic arts, crafts & textiles. The rich & glorious cultural & spiritual heritage of India is a subject extremely dear to her heart, and the whole of this Blog has been dedicated to spreading the immortal glories of ancient India worldwide, to every nook & corner of the globe, through these simple Blog-posts. Any constructive criticisms & suggestions in this regard for improvement of the Blog 'MOST WELCOME'. Also, High-Quality Guest Blog-posts 'MOST WELCOME". LinkedIn Profile : https://in.linkedin.com/in/mala-chandrashekhar-04095917a