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The ancient art of making sculptures from stone is facing an uphill task

Mahadeva Temple at Itagi in the Koppal district, 1112 CE, an example of dravida articulation with a nagara superstructure Image: Dineshkannambadi

Mahadeva Temple at Itagi in the Koppal district, 1112 CE, an example of dravida articulation with a nagara superstructure
Image: Dineshkannambadi

The keepers of  ancient art of sculpture making, are giving up their work as making sculptures from art marvel can’t earn them their livelihood.

We stumbled upon this report from The Hindu, The inheritors of age-old art of sculpture, who had built historic temples and other monumental structures during the Satavahana and Kakatiya dynasties and won accolades during the period for their creativity, are now leading a life of misery with only a few takers of their creative fine arts.

Presently, around 50 sculptors’ families are eking out their living by making various sculptures mostly idols of various Gods and individual portraits of politicians and others.

Now, majority of the sculptors have stopped their profession and taking up other lucrative jobs as there are few takers for the sculptures made of stones.

Their is an immediate to protect this art, not just because of continued livelihood but for restoring our heritage. This art can have enormous earning potential, provided right investments are made.  These sculptures and their art can be used as tourist destination for Indians and foreign travellers.

We strongly hope the government will take note of these challenges and will provide appropriate support, we request our followers to share this story for its due attention.

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