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Reviewed November 24, 2018

Situated on the banks of River Hooghly, Kumartuli or Coomartolly is where the present day artistry of Idol-making perseveres. Started off from Ahiritola Ghat, towards the lair of the proficient artistes, to witness the making of Bengal's largest festival of Durga Puja. However Kumartuli remains...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 17, 2018 via mobile

The famed pottery street in Kolkata. Home to numerous clay artists, sculpting mainly Gods and Goddesses. Mostly active during the build up time towards the autumn Durga puja festival. There are many small streets running across the locality, each having many artisans enclosure. Accessible from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Joy_Sinha
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Today I visited the colony of clay artists which is popularly known as Kumortuli. It is situated in the eastern bank of the rive Ganges in north Kolkata. Here, a large number of artists are engaged throughout the year in making of clay idols which...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

Kolkata has so many things to offer and Kumortuli is one of them.This is the Potter's Colony and every nook n cranny is a studio , creating idols of God's n Goddesses with clay.Mind you everything used is environment friendly First a bamboo frame is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Padmini S
Reviewed August 30, 2018

art work of the any idol made for festivals, a place of visit if anyone is in kolkata a month before the pujas, absolute mesmerising. craftsmen at work, experience to endevour.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank Arijit R
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Kumortuli is between Ahiritola and Shobhabazar. From Bagbazar also it is well approachble. The potters of Kumortuli, fashions the clay from the river beside makes the idols of gods and goddesses. Idols prepared here is famous in India as well as in many other countries.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank asis2015
Reviewed February 1, 2018

This open market is where they make and sell clay idols. You can see how craftsmen mold clay on simple bamboo structures to make small, large and even huge statues, and then they paint and decorate them. Certain character/s seem to be the dominant theme...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank Eric G
Reviewed January 27, 2018

I visited just before pooja. Lot of idols were being made. It was an excellent experience. Just before reaching I walked through the Bengal's "Jatra Company area" very nostalgic, but sad to see many artists had to take up flesh trade.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank kishorepasari
Reviewed November 9, 2017

I highly recommend touring Kumortuli ~ you will get a clear sense of what goes into the creation of a Durga Puga festival, the culture and lifestyle of the artisans and the incredible work to create the art. We did not participate in a tour,...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Anniegogo
Reviewed September 23, 2017

It a place for the serious art critic.the mesmerising Durga Idols are made in thousands for the last century.One has to visit this colony of artists in the month of durga puja or Dushehra as it is called in North India.A warning;it is not a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank 81anupamm
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Rishabh B
February 27, 2018|
Response from kishorepasari | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Traditionally each town/city had it's own Kumhar(potter) - Toli (locality) but Kolkata is most famous . I am forgetting the name but there is a town very famous for it's terracota temples etc.
December 24, 2017|
Response from 81anupamm | Reviewed this property |
Well friend ,I do not know your nationality.As far as i know the artists are a very simple lot .There could be some unscrupulous unruly young guys who may indulge in such acts.The place may look dingy ,but is pretty safe... More