Lucknow: To hit China on economic front, the UP government has decided to market the art of creating terracotta idols of Laxmi-Ganesh not only within the state but across the country. This Diwali state authorities would make sure that quality idols of Laxmi-Ganesh prepared by local artisans capture Indian markets, putting an end to the practice of importing those from China.
Artistes and sculptors from all across the country would visit Gorakhpur soon to master skills of creating terracotta idols and statues from local craftsmen and take the technology to their states. Gorakhpur possesses GI (geographical indication) tag for its terracotta craft and therefore the Yogi government is bent market the local talent at the national level. lecture TOI, principal secretary, MSME, Navneet Sehgal said that “on the initiative of CM Yogi Adityanath, who has wished that this Diwali people can purchase idols of Ganesh-Laxmi made by local artistes and craftsmen, a national level workshop under aegis of the Mati Kala Board would be organised in Gorakhpur.
“The aim of the workshop would be to transfer technology to artistes, craftsmen and potters of other states for creating idols and statues of Ganesh-Laxmi, he said.
Sehgal said that the CM has asked to strengthen the Uttar Pradesh Mati Kala Board to offer maximum employment to the agricultural people, artistes and therefore the skilled migrants and he has also laid emphasis on the promotion of indegenous products in festivals .“It has been noticed that in Diwali the market is flooded with Chinese lights and idols of Ganesh-Laxmi. Now, to make sure that imported articles don't marginalise domestic products in festivals, we've decided to carry a national workshop in Gorakhpur to impart training to artistes, sculptors and potters. At the workshop they might master the technique of creating terracotta idols, he said adding that it might also help in achieving the PM's involve being 'atma nirbhar” (self reliance).
The workshop is probably going to offer employment to over 50,000 people, mainly the skilled migrants, Sehgal said adding that the Mati Kala Board is leaving no stone unturned to form the workshop an excellent success.
The Mati Kala Board is affiliated to the State Khadi Vikas Board which is additionally headed by Sehgal. so as to offer employment to potters, the Mati Kala Board has been inviting them to form earthen lamps which might be used Deepotsav in Ayodhya. In 2019, five lakhs earthen lamps had lit the temple town of Ayodhya.