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Step into the Enchanting World of Krishnanagar Clay Dolls: The Lifelike Dolls of Bengal that Captivate Hearts

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Indian Terracotta Figures : Krishnanagar Clay Dolls

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Ghurni is a neighbourhood of Krishnanagar in Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the centre for the production of clay dolls, often referred to as Krishnanagar clay dolls.

Maharaja Krishnachandra (1710–1783), King of Krishnanagar was a great patron of the fine arts, including literature and music and supported the production of clay dolls. In 1728 he brought families of potters from Dhaka and Natore and settled them in Ghurni, then a village.

In an article, the Bangalore-based newspaper Deccan Herald writes,

“We have clay dolls, toys and even clay sculptures in different parts of India. But there has been nothing to match the clay doll artisans of Krishnanagar in the Nadia district of West Bengal.

The creations of these artists are displayed in most of the handicraft museums and art galleries of the world. In India, we have a large display of these dolls in the Shankar’s Doll Museum in New Delhi.

Indian Terracotta Figures : Krishnanagar Clay Dolls

One look at the clay dolls and we are amazed at the reality with which the artist has displayed the character of the model. A horse rearing to gallop to a placid dog licking its lips after a hearty feed.

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Krishnanagar clay dolls are unique in their realism and the quality of their finish. They truly represent a breakaway from the traditional form.

Fruits, fish, insects, animals, birds, and of course the entire pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses, and even the ubiquitous Donald Duck and other popular comic strip characters, faithful copies of real-life, down to the minutest detail.”

Impressions of visitors to Ghurni, Krishnanagar about the craftsmen & clay dolls of Krishnanagar (From Trip Advisor) : Please read

Krishnanagar clay dolls : Source of the image

Realistic recreations of everyday life, work, mood and character- farmers, weavers, rag pickers, basket makers, umbrella makers – are all specialties of Krishnanagar clay doll artisans.

Please have a look at a few samples of this great unimitable art-form of West Bengal shared in this blogpost.

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Indian Terracotta Figures : Krishnanagar Clay Dolls

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14 replies on “Step into the Enchanting World of Krishnanagar Clay Dolls: The Lifelike Dolls of Bengal that Captivate Hearts”

i want to make a survey abt clay modelling in krishnagar .. can anybody provide me informations abt clay modelling industry @ gurni….

I can help guide you on how to find Krishnanagar clay doll artisans:

Local Craft Fairs and Markets: Visiting local craft fairs and handicraft markets in and around Krishnanagar or Kolkata can be a good way to meet artisans directly. These events often feature local artists and their work.

Government Emporiums: State government emporiums such as Biswa Bangla in West Bengal often stock and sell handicrafts made by local artisans, including clay dolls from Krishnanagar.

Online Marketplaces: Websites like Crafts of India, Etsy, and Amazon India sometimes offer products directly from artisans or from cooperatives that market artisan products. You can look for sellers that specialize in Krishnanagar dolls.

Artisan Directories and NGOs: Organizations working with artisans might have directories of craftsmen from different specialties. Websites of NGOs or cultural organizations that focus on Indian crafts might be able to connect you directly with artisans.

Social Media Platforms: Many artisans and craft studios showcase their work on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. A search for “Krishnanagar clay dolls” or similar keywords might help you find artisan profiles.

Each of these methods can help you connect directly with the artisans or through intermediaries who support their craft.

Manjusha Emporium:
You can find Krishnanagar clay dolls in Manjusha Emporium as well, which is the West Bengal government-run handicraft store. These emporiums are specifically designed to promote and sell handicrafts made by artisans from West Bengal, including the renowned Krishnanagar clay dolls known for their fine details and vivid portrayals of characters.

Locations of Manjusha Emporium: Manjusha Emporium has several branches across India, including key locations within West Bengal and in major cities across the country. Here are some of the places where you can find a Manjusha Emporium:

Kolkata: There are multiple outlets in Kolkata, including prominent locations like Dharmatala and Gariahat, which are central shopping districts.

New Delhi: Manjusha has an outlet in the state emporium complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, which houses emporiums from various states.

Bangalore: There is typically an outlet in the state emporium complex along Kasturba Road.

Mumbai: Look for Manjusha in the state emporium complex in Mumbai, often located in areas frequented by tourists and locals looking for regional handicrafts.

These emporiums showcase a variety of handicrafts including textiles, terracotta work, and wooden crafts, with a special emphasis on products that are culturally significant to West Bengal. For the most accurate and updated information on the specific locations and their inventory, you might want to contact the nearest Manjusha Emporium directly or visit the official website of the West Bengal Handicrafts Development Corporation.

I can’t provide direct contact details of artisans, but I can help guide you on how to find Krishnanagar clay doll artisans:

Local Craft Fairs and Markets: Visiting local craft fairs and handicraft markets in and around Krishnanagar or Kolkata can be a good way to meet artisans directly. These events often feature local artists and their work.

Government Emporiums: State government emporiums such as Biswa Bangla in West Bengal often stock and sell handicrafts made by local artisans, including clay dolls from Krishnanagar.

Online Marketplaces: Websites like Crafts of India, Etsy, and Amazon India sometimes offer products directly from artisans or from cooperatives that market artisan products. You can look for sellers that specialize in Krishnanagar dolls.

Artisan Directories and NGOs: Organizations working with artisans might have directories of craftsmen from different specialties. Websites of NGOs or cultural organizations that focus on Indian crafts might be able to connect you directly with artisans.

Social Media Platforms: Many artisans and craft studios showcase their work on platforms like Instagram and Facebook. A search for “Krishnanagar clay dolls” or similar keywords might help you find artisan profiles.

Each of these methods can help you connect directly with the artisans or through intermediaries who support their craft.

Manjusha Emporium:
You can find Krishnanagar clay dolls in Manjusha Emporium as well, which is the West Bengal government-run handicraft store. These emporiums are specifically designed to promote and sell handicrafts made by artisans from West Bengal, including the renowned Krishnanagar clay dolls known for their fine details and vivid portrayals of characters.

Locations of Manjusha Emporium: Manjusha Emporium has several branches across India, including key locations within West Bengal and in major cities across the country. Here are some of the places where you can find a Manjusha Emporium:

Kolkata: There are multiple outlets in Kolkata, including prominent locations like Dharmatala and Gariahat, which are central shopping districts.

New Delhi: Manjusha has an outlet in the state emporium complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, which houses emporiums from various states.

Bangalore: There is typically an outlet in the state emporium complex along Kasturba Road.

Mumbai: Look for Manjusha in the state emporium complex in Mumbai, often located in areas frequented by tourists and locals looking for regional handicrafts.

These emporiums showcase a variety of handicrafts including textiles, terracotta work, and wooden crafts, with a special emphasis on products that are culturally significant to West Bengal. For the most accurate and updated information on the specific locations and their inventory, you might want to contact the nearest Manjusha Emporium directly or visit the official website of the West Bengal Handicrafts Development Corporation.

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