Natungram is a small village of Bardhaman district in West Bengal. Bardhaman is rich with historical legacies and well connected by bus and train from Kolkata. From Bardhaman station it takes nearly 1 hour by road to reach Natungram. The hub of the crafts persons is in Agradwip region. Katwa railway station is 18 km away from the place.
Natungram is the hub of Wooden Doll making. Craftspersons from this area are traditionally practising the art form and for most of them it is their primary livelihood. Around 51 families living in the area are involved in doll making. The craft making is a family based activity in which men are skilled in wood carving and women do the colouring. The doll makers have last name Bhaskar, meaning sculptor or Sutradhar, meaning story teller. The doll makers are Hindus and the average age of the artisans are 36 years.
Natungram, popularly known as Putulgram, is famous for its ethnic dolls marked by vibrant colours. While in Natungram, one can take a stroll along the Bhagirathi river or relax on the banks of Nimbarka Sarovar. The ashram of Kathia Baba is located nearby and the village celebrates the birth anniversary of Ramdas Kathiyababa in the month of January every year. Interested visitors may also visit Agradwip the home of Govinda Ghosh who is an eternal associate of Lord Chaitanya. The Birthday of Shri Mahaprabhu on the Phalguni Purnima (i.e. on the full moon day of March every year) is also celebrated in pomp and glory.
The artists in Natungram have arranged for home stay for the tourists visiting the place. A Folk Art Centre Centre is set up to preserve and showcase the crafts and to provide guest accommodation facilities. The crafts persons of Natungram hold their annual festival Kathputuler Mela to celebrate their craft. The next festival will be held on January 5 - 7, 2018 at the village.
Other local festivals include Sri Nabadwip-mandala Parikrama and Dol Jatra, Ras Purnima, Gaura Purnima, Guru Purnima, Janmasthami and among them Gopinather Mela in Agradwip is very old and famous.
The Folk Art Centre building at Natungram
Inside the Folk Art Centre
The Kathputuler Mela at Natungram
Folk Festival at mela ground
The Krishnanagar Palace
Proprietor: Cooperative Society
Contact Person: Dilip Sutradhar
Secretary, Swami Janakidas Natungram Wood Carving Artisans Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd.
Address: Swami Janakidas Natungram Wood Carving Artisans Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd.
Pin - 713512
The Wooden Doll artists of Natungram organise themselves under a collective known as Swami Janakidas Natungram Wood Carving Artisans Industrial Cooperative Society Ltd. established in 2008. A Common Facility Centre is built inside the village with machineries, storage, common workspace, guest accommodation facilities etc. Other than arranging for skill upgradation of the traditional artists, the society provides the artists with working capital support and market linkage. The annual festival of the Wooden Doll Artists “ Kathputuler Mela” is organised and operated by the society.
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