Potter's Colony, Kolkata
Baithakkhana, Kolkata, West Bengal 700009, India
Behind the religious traditions of India I just returned from a month long trip through Kolkata, India working on anti-human trafficking initiatives. It was an emotional and heavy trip. Our one day to take a step away from this tough subject was a visit to the Potter's Colony in downtown Kolkata. This is an entire enclave of artists that use clay to create and design religious gods and goddesses for Hindu celebrations. It was amazing to see the statues in all forms of production and to see fathers, sons, and cousins all working together on the family business. This statue was especially striking - it is of Saraswati. She is always pictured with a swan at her feet and a musical instrument in her hands. She is the goddess of knowledge, music, and creative arts. This, to me, depicts the color, beauty, and richness of Indian culture.