Art can be found in every corner of India. And when this art can be found inside the premises of your home, your little haven lights up with beauty and a taste of history.
A lost art from Bengal:
Sholapith is a plant from the core of which comes the ivory white shola or Indian cork with which several deities are adorned. From the Jagannath-Subhadra-Balaram of Jagannath temple in Puri to the Goddess Durga of Bengalis, this pure “shwet”( white in colour) substance is used to make ornaments for all.
The Shola is a holy substance known to have its origin as the garland of Lord Shiva when he went to marry Goddess Parvati. Myths and lores are entwined with this product as are the livelihoods of “Malakars”, the “garland-makers” who work with Shola.
Durga in Sholar saaj:
Sholapith Durga is a worshipped art piece in many houses of Bengal. Goddess Durga, the symbol of power and womankind, bedecked in Shola jewels is a scene to behold. Not only is it an art, it is an effigy of an age old belief as well as the face of an almost desolate art born from the womb of Bengal.
Government aids to keep Sholapith craftship alive:
A Kolkata-based social enterprise is working to keep up the old craft of Shola carving under the “Cultural Preservation Programme”of the German government, by taking help from the German Consulate General.