House Of Dolls

October 9, 2015

The Hindustan Times, Kolkata ed. of September 28, 2015 carried a report on the village of the Wooden Doll makers in Natungram of Bardhhaman dist. The craft is a family tradition of 250 years and has been handed down to the present generation by their forefathers. The village, locally known as “Putul Gram”, is the home to 86 households who are trying to preserve this tradition of making the “Owls of Natungram” in a world where machine finished toys are in abundance. The crafts persons use locally available Gamar wood to carve the dolls. The finished dolls are then painted and marketed in fairs in Kolkata and other parts of Bengal. Popular among the dolls are the figures of Owl, Gour-Nitai and Raja Rani. They also make figures of Durga, Kali, Saraswati and Ganesh. Sambhunath Bhaskar of the village received the National Award in 1966.