CALCUTTA, Sept. 10. - The men were casting metal and moulding them in a huge furnace. Their children were busy carving out idols with chisel.
They are Dokra craftsmen. But this wasn't their village in Burdwan. It was a "para" club in downtown Calcutta.
For the first time, craftsmen from a remote village in Burdwan district have come to work at a Puja pandal in the city.
"We got such offer for the first time. We readily agreed", said Mr Sukhomoy Karmakar, a 50-year-old Dokra craftsman, or lost-wax metalcaster from Gooskara in Burdwan.
He and five others have come from Dariapur village - located about 10 km from Gooskara - to work for Adarsha …