How Indian Sculptors make artistic sculptures?

This 21 feet tall monolithic statue of Jain tirthankara Chandraprabha stands near Tumkur city, just 70 k.ms from Bengaluru(Bangalore).This is carved just five years ago.
This 21 feet tall monolithic statue of Jain tirthankara Chandraprabha stands near Tumkur city, just 70 k.ms from Bengaluru(Bangalore).This is carved just five years ago. | Source
Sculptor's workshop,with some carvings placed in front.
Sculptor's workshop,with some carvings placed in front. | Source
An assistant worker dusting out the statue after the completion of the carving.
An assistant worker dusting out the statue after the completion of the carving. | Source
The sculptor carving the statue, using the electric driller.
The sculptor carving the statue, using the electric driller. | Source
This 7th century incomplete sculpture is from famous Durga temple at Aihole in Bagalkot district.Here, outline drawing is carved and some unwanted parts are chiseled out. but much more is to be done.For some unknown reason, it is left incomplete.
This 7th century incomplete sculpture is from famous Durga temple at Aihole in Bagalkot district.Here, outline drawing is carved and some unwanted parts are chiseled out. but much more is to be done.For some unknown reason, it is left incomplete. | Source

Art living since ages

India has perhaps most beautiful stone sculptures in the world.Here we find cave temples existing since 6th century A.D. Wonderful rock-cut temples at Ajantha, Ellora,giant monolithic free standing statues of Gommateshwara at Shravanabelagola, Karkala etc, Marvelous marble temple carvings found at Mount Abu Dilwara temples and Ranakpur temple etc, are silently announcing the fantastic sculpturing talent of Indian sculptors.

But the days are not gone.There are hundreds of such talented sculptors who can do such works even today. the tradition is not lost. It is most living and many are in great demand and they are working regularly on creating new sculptors everyday.

Here i am presenting the account of one such sculptors' workshop that I practically visited.

Near Honnavara...

The workshop you find in these photoes is one that you find on Honnavara-Kumta national highway ,on the west coast of Karnataka.They bring stones for carving from little distance .They wish to select little hard stones. But they are also capable of carving in sift stones also.

The photoes here show the sculptures working there, along with some of their works in various stages in their making.

To give the idea how they were making in old times, the photograph of an incomplete sculpture with sketch on it and some work, is also given.


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Robert sequera 3 years ago

We had not known that in India, sculptures are still made in the same manner as before. We felt wondered on this. Thanks for this useful hub. WE want somt more information.


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prasadjain 3 years ago from Tumkur Author

Thanks


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

Sculpting art is divine and requires a lot of effort to put into it. Thanks for sharing this information.


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prasadjain 3 years ago from Tumkur Author

Thank you madam

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