Amid pandemic inflicted gloom Kumartuli artisans stare at huge losses
| Wednesday | 16th September, 2020
KOLKATA: With orders for Durga Puja idols dwindling, the Covid pandemic has taken a toll on the artisans of Kumartuli this year.
According to Kumartuli Mrithshilpi Association, this year due to the pandemic the number of orders has shrunk by 70 to 75 per cent .
In previous years on an average, the artisans made around 4,500 idols, this year they received around 2,200 orders.
Sujit Pal, treasurer of Kumartuli Mrithshilpi Association said: "This year small and medium artisans are worst hit.
In some cases, we have to increase the price of the idols, as the price for raw materials and artisans have increased.