With Vishu around, Papi and Ganesh busy with Krishna idols
Kanhangad: When Keralites celebrate Vishu in style, Papi and Ganesh are in the run to fend for their family. The Krishna idols used by Malayalis for Vishukkani provide food for Ganesh’s family for a year.
Rajasthan natives Ganesh and wife Papi make their ends meet by selling idols and sculptures made of Plaster of Paris.
During the Vishu season they concentrate on Krishna idols. This year they have made more than 2000 sculptures by now.
In a rented room near the National Highway at Padannakkad in Kasaragod, they have been creating sculptures for the past seven years. They display it on the roadside to attract customers.
Ganesh says that Krishna with flute is on high demand. Once the sculpture is made in Plaster of Paris, it is then dried and coloured. The paint is mixed in glue and poured onto the sculpture. Then small decorative works are done on them.
Papi is in-charge of painting the structures. They also have two other workers to assist them in idol making.
Apart from Krishna, Ganpati, Devi idols, sculptures of elephants and jugs are also made. The price starts from Rs 150.