Traditional Diya Makers Facing Tough Time

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Malda: Kali Puja, is the grand finale to Indian Autumn festivals. As festival of lights approaches, we all are ready to buy lights and Diyas. China made fairy lights dangle at the traditional lamp as if in direct competition.

The time has changed. There is less demand for soil lamps in this modern generation. Various Chinese lighting flows in the market. And there is a part of it. But the tradition is not completely disappeared, the soil lamps are also seen in the rural areas. Still, the poor people of Rasiladaha of Old Malda are busy in making soil lamps to save their ancient art.

Rashiladaha village adjacent to Malda Court Station, just five kilometers away from the city. In the Mandalpara there are 6 potters family. They made various types of soil lamps throughout the year. Those families run by selling those soil lamps. But during these puja, their business increases. Especially, from Laksmipuza to Kalipuza, they do not have time to breathe.But now most of the soil material is virtually lost in the era of Chinese made fairy light and things.

Sanjit Paul, resident of the area, said, “As much as Chinese bulb is used, yet still the light of soil lamps make the Diwali as pleasant as before. Their sales increased more than ever before.

But they do not have any profit. They are selling thousands soil lamps only thousands rupees for only Rs 225-250. As a result, their financial situation did not improve. The government do not have take any initiative anymore. So they are making such things in order to live their lives. ”

If the government will give attention, they will probably be able to retain this industry. Otherwise this art will disappear in upcoming years.

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