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Support the idol craftsmen of Madhya Pradesh
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  • Prateek

    Created by

    Prateek Maheshwari
  • BM

    This fundraiser will benefit

    BAL MAHILA VIKAS SAMITI

    from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

80G tax benefits for INR donations

Story

They may not be very famous by themselves but their art is what sustains the spirituality of a majority of Indians. Idol makers of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh are experts in giving life to dispersed clay by carving it into figures of famous Hindu Gods and Goddesses. As such idol making is not merely a profession, it is a torchbearer of hope, of victory of good over evil.

The idol makers have peculiar hurdles they go through while forming the idols. Most idol makers are nomadic travellers who live in tents during the festive seasons to form the idols. Their love for the profession keeps them away from home. Most of these idol makers have inherited the art of this craft from their forefathers and this is the only art they choose to know. The market for idol making is very specific to geographic and psychographic locations.

The preventive lockdowns to arrest the spread of COVID-19 have brought the livelihood of these idol makers to a screeching halt. They neither have the raw material supply nor the market to sell the products until the overall economic situation gets better. They are locked in numbers in their make-shift tents waiting for this event to get over.

Your generous intent and contribution can assist these idol makers to re-shape and revive their means of livelihood. They are in dire need of economic help to continue with this aesthetic form of art.

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