Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bhaislana Quarries

This photograph is a perfect representation of the place I visited a couple of months back in search for the right stone for my sculpture in black. Bhaislana is a satellite town near Jaipur in Rajasthan, India.
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More stone than greens, more sunshine than the stone, and more faith than the mercy has been showered upon this land by nature. Yet, localites have made the most of every visible opportunity that the terrain of this region could challenge them with. Supplier to some of the best black marble in India, Bhaislana prides itself for cattle farming, owing to its low agricultural produce.
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Observe carefully.... and you can see behind the grazing sheep, a number of 'Shiva-Lingams' sculpted out of wastage blocks of marble. No splinter of stone is spared at the quarries. Sundry workers toil daylong to carve these religious forms out of raw blocks of marble. Expert sculptors then purchase these Lingams for a pittance and sell them in the market after fine-tuning the aesthetics and polishing the stone.

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