“I like to see Maa Durga and her entourage in the same wooden plank, and that’s how I make them, unlike others, who have fallen to new designer ways of making idols,” she says. “I have not fallen prey to capitalism; for me, my workers are all the same and when we are done with making idols, we all take a vacation and travel together in the month of November.”
Bhanu Naskar, spokesperson of the transgender community says, “We wanted a woman to do this idol for us, and hence we approached Chaina di. While everybody rejected our proposal since it was the eleventh hour, she readily took it up, and completed it with her own hands.” Bhanu went on to add, that although there are other woman artists as well, it was Chaina Pal who first started working in the industry and paved the way for other women to enter the field.
This story was originally published in The Better India.