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Stone engraving craze

From epitaphs to houses, stone engraving has become a craze with people of Srinagar.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2005 17:25 IST

Stone carving has always been considered one of the finest arts, mankind used, to emote, his expressions since time immemorial.

In the earlier days, stones were chiselled both as tombstones for honouring the memory of the fallen, as well as for rock edicts for declaring the kings proclamation.

Even though times have changed, and kings no longer rule kingdoms, man's association with the stone has remained intact in this age of fibre and plastic.

People in Srinagar have now started to put epitaphs of marbles and Deevri stones both as nameplates as well as other purposes.

And just as in any other job, that requires skilled handicrafts, stone engraving has become a good occupation for many people here.

"It's our ancestors profession and I have been involved in it for last 10 or 15 years. We engrave nameplates, foundation stones and other things. Earlier, we used Deevri stone, but now we are using marbles for last 15 years. Now people prefer marble as it is cheaper in cost," said Nazir Ahmed, owner of a stone shop.

It has become a craze among the people to use stones not only in the epitaphs but also in signboards, decoration of houses etc. Government departments also prefer signboards engraved on the marble sheets.

"I have engraved the stone to keep it on the grave of my maternal uncle. Time has changed. Earlier, we used to keep a stone on the grave. Now we paste marble sheets on it," said Muneer Ahmed, a customer.

Commenting on the trend, Farooq, a local said, "We used to put a stone on the grave of the deceased about 15 years ago. Now, we are using marbles."

"Earlier, people used wooden or tin sheets in Gurdwaras depicting the details of the deceased. But today, people prefer to use marbles in Gurudwaras and Masjids and even to decorate their houses," he added.

First Published: Oct 05, 2005 17:22 IST