Meet Madan Lal Lohiya.
He lives in Titarpur village, near Tagore Garden.
He is 58 and has been making Raavan effigies for more than 40 years now.
He is proud of what he does and he proudly told me that his shop ‘New India Raavan waale’ even imports Raavan effigies to Australia.
Do you see that tiny Raavan effigy there? That is crafted by his 8 years old grandson who learned the art from his grandfather.
Here you can see him in his own world crafting his own masterpiece.
Chotu (as Mr. Lohiya calls him) studies in a government school near Tagore Garden. After coming back from the school, he joins his grandfather in making effigies.
He aims to master in this craft so as to earn name and to bring laurels to his grandfather.
These are some Raavan effigies created by the craftsmen of Mr. Lohiya.
Talent exists everywhere in one form or another. Effort without talent is a depressing situation but talent without effort is a tragedy.
Hide not your talents, they for use were made,
What’s a sundial in the shade?
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