Surajkund International Fair: Father and son bring the artifacts to life by carving pieces of stone.


Surajkund International Fair: Father and son bring the artifacts to life by carving pieces of stone.

City: At the 37th International Surajkund Fair, artisans from all parts of the country grab the attention of the audience with their unique artifacts. From the things that people consider useless and pay no attention to, artisans earn many rupees by carving them and bringing them to life with their skills. These artisans include craftsman Bhagwan Panwar and his son Prahlad Panwar, who hailed from Parbhani district in Maharashtra. The works of art created by him are very popular among people. Through their skills, these craftsmen bring the popular pebble art of the fifth century to every corner of the country and give it recognition. We tell you that pebble art is also known as pebble art. In ancient times, various types of sculptures were made without carving stones. This art is now almost extinct in the country, but Bhagwan Panwar and his son Prahlad Panwar along with their family are committed to bringing this art back to life.

Create artwork by thinking about the subject

Sculptor Prahlad Panwar said that pebble art is considered to be the art of the fifth century. At that time there was no possibility of stones etc. to hew. King Maharaja had his artisans make various types of stone figures for decoration. He goes to the banks of rivers and oceans flowing in different parts of the country and collects small pieces of stone there. Then, by thinking about a theme, he carves the stones into shapes without breaking them. The works of art created by combining pebbles and stones from rivers are called pebble art.

The Panwar family became financially strong through the production of artifacts

Craftsman Prahlad Panwar, who studied horticulture as a B.Sc. studied, said that he used to practice this art as a hobby. He collected pebbles from the Godavari river near Vajur village in Parbhani district of Maharashtra state and formed shapes at home by assembling them in different shapes with the help of glue. As the demand for figurines from this art increased, he also involved his mother Rukmani Panwar and wife Mohini in this craft and made it a source of income for the family. He has now made more than a dozen women around him independent by connecting them with this art. The special thing is that the stones used in pebble art are neither carved nor vandalized. Shapes emerge from the natural shapes of pebbles and stones. These shapes are used for decoration and gifting.

Molds are also made on the theme of Ramayana figures

Sculptor Prahlad said that the figures of Chhatrapati Shivaji’s government system and Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Movement, which he made using pebble art, were the most discussed. This art had disappeared from the country. He says he is the only craftsman in the country reviving fifth-century pebble art. Now he is busy making figurines out of stones on the theme of Ramayana figurines. Through this art, Panwar’s income has increased from Rs 75,000 to Rs 1 lakh.

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