The tale of young Artisan | The Murtikar
Idol Maker Belagavi:
This story is about a young Artist, a Statue maker aka Murtikar from the Streets of Belagavi who is defying the odds to create artistic marvels.
Everyone looks forward to the time of year when “maa” Durga is worshipped with celebrations during Durga Puja, five days of complete ecstasy. Durga, a Hindu warrior goddess, stands for good triumphing over evil. Her celebration customs are so embedded that some families have been producing idols for countless generations.
This story is about a young guy from such a family, who is in his mid-twenties, 26 years of age named Nilesh Kisan Gavali of Konwalgalli, Belagavi. He since 4 years is into this work and has created exceptional authentic & real-looking Statues of Goddess Durga.
These artisans are widely sought after since they are well-known for their work in towns and bigger cities across the nation. They work diligently for weeks on end to come up with ideas and build mind-blowing effigies.
To make these beautiful and amazing Idols, He uses clay and POP. The correct clay must be chosen before beginning the idol-making procedure. The mixture needs to be the right color and consistency. The chosen mixture is then molded into the desired shape. Nilesh takes care to produce an idol that is both aesthetically pleasing and sturdy. The mixture is molded, and after that, it is allowed to dry. Then he paints the clay with the preferred hues once it has dried. The statue is varnished to preserve it from the weather when the paint has cured.
Designing, making, and shaping the idols into their magnificent final forms takes a lot of time.
Nilesh Kisan Gavali
It is to be mentioned as on the same grounds of Idol decoration during Ganesh Chaturthi and various themed attractions, The Durga Maa idol placement in Pandals of various Gallis (Streets) is quickly being adapted in the Kundanagari.
Belagavi is an amalgamation of Various Cultural festivals during this Auspicious 10 Days.
From Durga Puja of Indal, Garba & Dandiya celebrations by Gujrati & Rajasthani Communities, not to Forget Durga Mata Daud and the Idol worship.
Camp Dasara is another element of the celebration that is varied; it has a completely different appearance. This Utsav was launched in 1901 by K T Pujari and his sons. Five Devi chariots are brought out in a parade that comes to an end on the same grounds as above. Mariama from the ancient Telugu colony, Kunti Devi from the fish market, Muthu Mariamma from the Madras BHT area, and Mariama from K T Pujari & Sons. These five women are meant to be sisters. Every evening, the five chariots go out in procession, and thousands of people line the High Street to see it. Another draw is people dressed as mascots like lions and tigers or dancing and playing music.
Belagavi has everything.