They Make the Diyas, But Their Homes Remain Dark on Diwali
October 20, 2017
Kamla Deve is one of thousands of potters residing in a congested village Kumhar Gram, on the outskirts of Delhi. Living in a virtual shanty, Deve joins the 700 potter families living here to work day and night to meet the demands of Delhi for diyas, and other clay artefacts for Diwali.
She came here in the early 1970’s from Rajasthan to beat poverty. But the years have been rough, and life difficult. Diwali brings some business, and the men, women and even children of Kumhar Gram work day and night to make the little earthen pots that then light up Delhi homes.
The photographs below capture the penury, the hard work with the furnaces causing respiratory problems and taking a huge toll on health.
First published in The Citizen.
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