Durga Puja 2021: Ahead of Festive Season Idol Makers of Kumartuli in Kolkata Worry for Sale Due to COVID-19

Kolkata, October 3: With the competition of Durga Puja across the nook, the idol makers of Kolkata’s Kumartuli expressed their apprehension concerning the sale of idols of Goddess Durga this yr, since they confronted a heavy dip in the sale of idols final yr due to COVID-19.

The idol makers mentioned that the costs of uncooked supplies like wooden, bamboo, color, cloth, labour has elevated due to which the general price of making an idol has elevated. However, the promoting worth of the idols has not seen a surge owing to much less demand.

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Reminiscing concerning the bumper sale of idols in the festive season of the pre COVID occasions, the idol makers mentioned that they’ve stopped making the massive idols and at the moment are making the smaller ones as there isn’t a demand for the massive idols in the market in view of COVID-19.

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“See there is no profit this year. This year we have sold a bit more idols than the last year. In 2019, we have sold big idols, in 2020 and this year big idols could not be made. For business, it’s not a good time. This year, the prices of wood have increased, bamboo prices, colour, all the prices have increased,” mentioned Mintu Pal, Idol maker at Kumartuli.

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“Due to COVID-19, we could not increase the price however the price of raw materials has increased. This year our profit is going to be less than the last year. From labour to raw material have increased but the price of idols has not increased,” he added.

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“The bulk of the orders came barely weeks ago, that fewer orders were received. This year, there were orders for small idols instead of bigger ones.

The prices of raw materials have shot up, but we are unable to pass on the burden to the customers because they do no longer have that kind of money,” mentioned one other idol maker.

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