Kumartuli, a neighborhood in Kolkata, India holds an important place in history which has a long tradition of clay idol-making along with a strong association with the most important festival of Bengal – Durga Puja.
It is located in north Kolkata along the river of Hooghly. It has grown into a trade and contributing towards the livelihood of many people. Apart from this occupation, there are services which support this industry to a large extent.
The artists or Karigars who are involved so passionately in crafting idols from raw clay to an idol of a god and goddess, work in their ‘workshops’. These workshops as they are called actually comprises of working space, storage space for idols, storage space of raw materials, eating, cooking and sleeping space of karigars. It is a place where Karigars or labours work and live in the same space. The built environment of this place is majorly the workshops linearly planned along the narrow lanes as well as the shops where accessories for idols are sold and residences of artists.