Kolkata: China Pal is one of the famous women clay modellers of Kumartuli, the famous potters hub of Kolkata are making their mark with passion and dedication.
China Pal with her other women artisans of the potters hub made a large number of Durga idols in this year.
Pal, the youngest of six siblings, was once reprimanded by her father for playing with clay in his studio. People taunted and ridiculed her when she chose clay modelling as a career in 1994. But she never gave up.
While taking to the media China said that, there were many who had advised her to sell-off the studio but she did not listen. Today, after 20 years in the business, she is happy and proud that they have become the flag-bearer of their father s clay art studio and stick to the gharana of Ekchala idols.
Pal is one of the three women featured in the documentary Daughters of Clay – a tribute to the daughters of Kumartuli. The documentary ‘Kanya Rupeno, Daughters of Clay’ also talks about Mala Pal and Kakoli Pal, two other women clay modellers of the hub.
Other Pal sisters said that, they had initially been discouraged to take the calling at a place where traditionally the art of clay modelling was being handed down from father to son. But they never gave up.
Mala said that, in a potter’s family, a girl is even discouraged from entering the studio. It was an unequal battle in a traditional male bastion where even to this day women don t get equal recognition for their talent, as their male counterparts. Kakoli the other sister said that however, there has been greater acceptance all around as they proved their worth.