Learned to make idols after husband’s death, know how she became the first woman sculptor of Jharkhand

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Idol making has primarily been a profession that has always been taken up by men but in recent years there has been a slow but steady growth of female idol makers who have now taken over. Madhavi Pal, who hails from Jharkhand, is definitely one of them who has reportedly become the first woman idol maker in the state. Madhavi took over the reins of idol making after the death of her husband, who was leading the business of making idols.

Speaking to news agency ANI, Madhavi said, “I started it in 2012 after the death of my husband. This was his business. As long as I am alive, I will continue to do so.”

But the road ahead was not clear for Madhavi as she was the sole breadwinner of the family after the death of her husband and also had two children who needed to be looked after. Madhavi resolves to fight for herself and her children while handling the house devastated by her husband’s death.

Talking about her husband, Madhavi says that my husband’s work was very famous and people knew him well. I am doing as much as I can. After his death many laborers had left us. He had doubts whether I would be able to pay his salary. But I am working with all the employees I have.

She further added that to keep the employees happy, she always gave them a bonus in addition to their salary. She speaks of selling these idols especially in the adjoining areas of Jharkhand such as Tipudana and Ramgarh.

The story of PU Pal from Kolkata is also similar to that of Madhavi, a housewife turned idol maker. She watched her husband make Durga idols from afar for many years, later after his death she took the paintbrush in his hand.

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