The Making of a Heritage Icon

The Making of a Heritage Icon

To bring master craftsmen from Kolkata to create and showcase a set of spectacular clay images in London.

We did it!

On 30th Aug 2017 we successfully raised £1,559 with 56 supporters in 56 days
We are raising funds to bring master craftsmen from Bengal to create a spectacular set of clay images in London, and to display the images at major venues in Ealing and central London.
All donations will go towards funding the artists' travel and stay in London, procuring materials to make the images and on the exhibition venues. 
The names of all sponsors and supporters to be displayed at both venues.
All our supporters will be sent a hand-painted Thank You card.
The project is part of the Bengal Heritage Project, and is being organised by London Sharad Utsav (LSU) in association with SOAS University of London.  The exhibition kicks off at the LSU Pujo at the Ealing Town Hall (28th Sept to 1st Oct 2017), then moves on to the historic Paul Webley wing of the Senate Building of London University. Visitors will be able to witness first-hand the skills of Bengali craftsmen through the entire process of modeling and painting the icons, and of adorning them with ornaments. 
Inside the Ealing Town Hall
Paul Webley Wing, SOAS 
The icon will be built in the unique Bengali vigraha style, the first time ever in London. In this style the image is adorned in a new saree, new ornaments, and new accessories every year, giving it a new look in each festival.
The master craftsmen from Kolkata are the artists who built the beautiful and popular LSU Durga image of Ealing  Pujo - Kaushik Ghosh and his father Amarnath Ghosh. The finished icons will become the centre-piece of festivals in London in future years. Expect another masterpiece!

In addition to heritage icon making the project aims include the following:

  • A platform for students and young people to learn about Bengali heritage, culture, and art.
  • An opportunity for London artists to learn and experience the art of clay icon making.
  • Showcasing indigenous Bengali textiles, handicrafts, patachitra and other art forms.
  • Provide an experience of the Bengali Autumn festival in London.
  • Document the icon making process through photographs and film.
  • Record the history of clay icon making in Bengal through photographs, a short film and a book.

Coverage in the Times of India newspaper, Kolkata


London Sharad Utsav is a Registered Charity (No 1160554) based in North West London. 

For more details on the LSU organisation and our charitable objectives see:

For details on Bengal Heritage Project see:

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