They are preserving country’s religious harmony

Muslim artists make effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad ahead of Dasehra

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Artists from Agra prepare effigies

Beyond the barrier of religion, caste and creed, there are some Muslims who are preserving the country’s religious harmony. These days, Muslim artists are busy making the effigies of Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad. Ahead of Dasehra, these artists were seen giving final touches to the effigies. Most of them are from Agra.

The artists rued that this time they were not being paid good for their art. Earlier, they used to make decent amount with their art, but now due to the rush of artists from other states, material value of their art had also declines, they added.

“There were times when we had to put the requests of Dasehra committees regarding the making of effigies on hold due to heavy rush of orders, but now we have to approach the committees, months in advance, to seek orders for the effigies,” they added.

Asgar Ali, a native of Agra, has been making effigies of the demons from the last 20 years. “Earlier, my father Ashraf Ali used to make effigies. I had learnt this art from my father and now I am earning my bread and butter through this art,” said Asgar who was working to make effigies at Daresi Ground here.

“I am doing it due to my dedication to this work and because my parents and great grandparents were into the same profession, otherwise it is not a profitable work,” Asgar added.

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