An idol maker in Kumbharwada in Kalyan makes a Ganesh idol. This year, the demand for eco-friendly idols has surged.(Rishikesh Choudhary/HT)
An idol maker in Kumbharwada in Kalyan makes a Ganesh idol. This year, the demand for eco-friendly idols has surged.(Rishikesh Choudhary/HT)

These Kalyan artisans give shape to eco-friendly festival

Kumbharwada, or the colony of potters, in Kalyan is more than 100-years-old
By Sajana Nambiar | Hindustan Times, Kalyan
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2018 12:50 AM IST

Ganesh idols in all sizes are lined up at Kalyan’s historic Kumbharwada.

Artisan Rakesh Ghoshtekar, 46, is happy with his efforts. The orders were huge and he started his work late. “This year, the idol-making work began late because of the transport strike,” said Ghoshtekar, busy giving finishing touch to the idols.

Like him, many others in the Kumbharwada are working on idols, which have filled every inch of the workshop. Some of the idols are ready to be wrapped and readied to be transported.

Even as the artisans at the city’s biggest workshop changed the material from shadu (natural clay) to Plaster of Paris, the Goshtekars stuck to the traditional mode of idol-making.

Eco-Friendly Ganesh Idol at Kumbharwada, Kalyan (West) (Rishikesh Choudhary/HT)
Eco-Friendly Ganesh Idol at Kumbharwada, Kalyan (West) (Rishikesh Choudhary/HT)

“I am making around 30 idols of clay this year. The demand for eco-friendly idols has increased,” said Ghoshtekar.

His entire family is into idol-making. They make idols throughout the year but Ganeshostsav is the busiest time. Kumbharwada, or the colony of potters, in Kalyan is more than 100 years old.

The place was known for its clay idols and artisans would make idols only of clay. Most of them, over the years, replaced clay with Plaster of Paris. Only a handful of them still make idols of clay, which is eco-friendly.

“The number of artisans too is reducing,” said Durgesh Goshtekar,32, a artisan.

Another artisan, who makes the largest number of eco-friendly idols in Kalyan, is Naresh Kumbhar, 53.

He has already made 400 idols between 1 inch and 4 feet high.

“Every year, I manage to make a huge number of idols of shadu for my regular customers. This year, the demand has soared,” said Kumbhar, whose idols are already sold out.

“I have been making eco-friendly idols for 38 years. I also choose eco-friendly colours,” said Kumbhar.

The Kumbhars in Kalyan have been demanding a better place to do business but the civic body said it cannot meet the demands.

“Their business is a private one and so it is not the civic body’s responsibility to provide them space,” said a KDMC official.

In the last two years, woman artisans too have mastered the art of idol-making.

Anjali Khunare, 25, who used to make POP idols, now makes shadu idols. She is now an expert at designing the idols. “I always loved pottery and I used to make idols of POP. Two years ago, I learnt about eco-friendly idols made at Kumbharwada. I decided to join them,” Khunare.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Uddhav Thackeray. (AFP)
Uddhav Thackeray. (AFP)

Declare disputed area Union Territory: Thackeray on Maha-K’taka border row

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:04 PM IST
Since the formation of Maharashtra, the two neighbouring states are in a dispute over Belgaum and other areas where Marathi-speaking people reside in large numbers
Close
The sun rises near Mumbai harbour on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP)(AFP)
The sun rises near Mumbai harbour on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP)(AFP)

At 15.3 degrees, Mumbai records lowest temperature of the season

By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 02:32 PM IST
  • The IMD had forecast that minimum temperatures in and around Mumbai would drop owing to cold winds from the north.
Close
As per the MPCB, all units of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) were found to be corroded and its operation and maintenance was poor.As per the MPCB, all units of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) were found to be corroded and its operation and maintenance was poor. (Representative Image)(PTI Photo)
As per the MPCB, all units of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) were found to be corroded and its operation and maintenance was poor.As per the MPCB, all units of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) were found to be corroded and its operation and maintenance was poor. (Representative Image)(PTI Photo)

MPCB issues closure notice to chemical unit in Palghar over pollution concerns

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 01:47 PM IST
The notice, dated January 25 and issued by the MPCB's regional office at Thane, has asked Seya Industries Limited, located at Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Tarapur, to close down all manufacturing activities within 72 hours.
Close
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI)
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. (PTI)

Uddhav Thackeray to release book on Karnataka-Maharashtra border dispute

UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2021 12:16 PM IST
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat and opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis will attend the book release function
Close
The train services had to be suspended after the incident on the section and some mail trains were diverted. (HT image)
The train services had to be suspended after the incident on the section and some mail trains were diverted. (HT image)

1 dead, 2 injured as track-relaying machine breaks between Ambernath- Badlapur

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Kalyan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 11:40 AM IST
  • The labourer, who died, was working near the machine and he got trapped between the upper and lower portion of the machine, said a railway official.
Close
The Maharashtra government is considering opening the railway services to all commuters. (PTI)
The Maharashtra government is considering opening the railway services to all commuters. (PTI)

95% of Mumbai suburban trains to resume service from Friday

By Aroosa Ahmed | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 10:40 AM IST
  • The additional local train services, being added from Friday in Mumbai, will only be available for the restricted categories of commuters allowed to travel on the network currently.
Close
Farmers participate in tractor rally near Nangloi in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Farmers participate in tractor rally near Nangloi in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

'Maharashtra handled farmers' stir maturely': Pawar jabs Centre over Delhi clash

By Naresh Kamath, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 11:10 PM IST
  • “From last 60 days, these farmers were sitting patiently, asking for the farm laws to be withdrawn but the government displayed no serious intentions,” said Pawar.
Close
The state has a total of 6,159 Active Corona Cases, with an overall recovery rate of 94 per cent.(ANI)
The state has a total of 6,159 Active Corona Cases, with an overall recovery rate of 94 per cent.(ANI)

Uddhav Thackeray reviews restarting local train services for general public

ANI, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 07:47 AM IST
Many senior officials of Railways along with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner, Mumbai police commissioner also attended the meeting.
Close
School students participate in an awareness Campaign against Child Sex Abuse (CSA) in Hyderabad. (AFP File)
School students participate in an awareness Campaign against Child Sex Abuse (CSA) in Hyderabad. (AFP File)

HC order on ‘skin contact’ in sexual abuse to face test

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 06:06 AM IST
  • The HC stated that section 8 of the Pocso Act, which penalizes physical contact with sexual intent without penetration, did not apply here as the minor was still wearing her clothes when the accused groped her.
Close
(Right) Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). (HT FILE)
(Right) Partho Dasgupta, former CEO of Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC). (HT FILE)

Furnish relevant parts of charge sheet: Bombay HC to ex-BARC CEO Partho Dasgupta

By K A Y Dodhiya, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:51 AM IST
The bench directed Dasgupta to prepare a compilation of the relevant portions of the charge sheet and submit it to the court before the next hearing scheduled on February 2.
Close
Mumbai’s only existing cyber police station is at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). (HT FILE)
Mumbai’s only existing cyber police station is at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). (HT FILE)

Mumbai to get five new cyber police stations on Republic Day

By Vijay Kumar Yadav, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:48 AM IST
Each of these cyber police stations will be located in five policing regions of the city, said joint commissioner of police (CP) (law and order) Vishwas Nangre Patil. Chief minister Uddhav Thackerey will inaugurate the stations at DB Marg police station on Tuesday.
Close
NCP leader Sharad Pawar and ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Jitendra Awhad, along with other leaders, at the protest site. (Bhushan Koyande/HT)
NCP leader Sharad Pawar and ministers Balasaheb Thorat and Jitendra Awhad, along with other leaders, at the protest site. (Bhushan Koyande/HT)

Senior Shiv Sena leaders, ministers didn’t attend farmers’ protest in Mumbai

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:48 AM IST
While Sena said it didn’t want to break Covid-19 rules, its senior leaders were at an inauguration in Kalyan where scores had gathered
Close
For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)
For representational purpose only. (HT FILE)

Mumbai: NCB nabs absconding drug dealer Arif Bhujwala

By Manish K Pathak, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:45 AM IST
The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Monday arrested purported drug dealer Arif Bhujwala from Raigad in connection with the south Mumbai-based racket busted by the agency. so far, five people have been arrested in the bust.
Close
The teachers and non-teaching staff in the state participated in the farmers march on Monday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
The teachers and non-teaching staff in the state participated in the farmers march on Monday. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

600 teachers, non-teaching staff protest new education policy in Mumbai

PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:44 AM IST
In a joint statement, the teachers have highlighted how NEP violates the constitutional mandates of the reservation policy and Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act
Close
Enforcement Directorate office at Ballard Estate,Fort in Mumbai. (HT FILE )
Enforcement Directorate office at Ballard Estate,Fort in Mumbai. (HT FILE )

Mumbai: ED raids 10 premises of Omkar Group in Yes Bank fraud case

By Vijay Kumar Yadav, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 12:41 AM IST
The group has allegedly misused various permissions given for slum rehabilitation schemes and diverted around 450 crore by way of loan from Yes Bank. The spokesperson for Omkar Developers declined to comment on ED raids.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP