India may be an incredibly beautiful country for the tourists visiting India from around the globe, but the people who have made it beautiful & gave a place to the country in the world map , are living below utter poverty line in the country.
Most of the National Award winning craftsmen whose exquisite crafts have helped India earn a very high place in the artistic world around the globe, are unfortunately living without even the basic amenities of life. These craftsmen are fighting hard for their livelihood, health, education and safety of their family members.
Most of them take loans from the local moneylenders at an interest rate of 5% or even more for a month for their bread and butter and due to unusually less income from their exquisite,specialized work, they find it extremely difficult to repay the loans. This forces them to shift to other sources of earning, which totally fossilizes the traditional art forms,having immense aesthetic & spiritual beauty in them.
Indian craftsmen are craving for genuine buyers for their masterpieces, who will truly value their artistic genius. And this is possible only through proper marketing of their products, using the best of latest in technology.
Please have a look at some of these artisans at work, in the following videos from YouTube, & see for yourself if these artisans really deserve to be below poverty line, as they really are.
Krishnanagar clay dollmakers at
Bankura horse maker at work
Masters of Fire: Hereditary Bronze Casters of South India
Imagecasting in Swamimalai
Casting a Metal Statue, Swamimalai
Finishing and Filing the Bronze Statues after Casting Lost Wax Method step 4
Pottery world @ Khurja
“Khurja- The Ceramic City”
Jaipur Blue Pottery: Handmade Ceramicware from MyMela
Art of Blue Pottery in Jaipur, India (Pottery Showcase)
Indian Kasuthi embroidery-Motiv2-
Needle, Thread, Mirror and Scissors (Part 1 of 2)
Hand embroidery workers of India at work
Pottery-Making : Lamp (Deepa) Making
WEST BENGAL POTTERY
Director, American Center visits Kumartuli
Making of Goddess Durga at Kumartuli, Kolkata – Durga Puja 2012