Gadwaa brass sculptures – Chhattisgarh

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Jaidev Baghel is a legendary figure in Kondagaon, a roadside town that has become the centre for traditional brass sculptures made by the Gadwaa community of brass casters. Jaidev has received many awards for his intricate sculptures, having participated in plenty of exhibitions abroad.

He welcomes visitors at his workshop, and it is fascinating to watch the ancient casting process still used by the local crafts people to make their outstanding sculptures. Jaidev’s village, Bhelva Pada, has been absorbed by Kondagaon. There are 250 families living in the village, all of them practice the lost wax casting art and it is a good place to buy sculptures either directly from the artists, or from several modest showrooms in Kondagaon.

You will be able to pick up traditional deities that were once commissioned by the tribals of the region as well as more practical gifts such as charming candle stands, picture frames and other designer objects made in the Bastar style. Stay at Jainam Palace; e-mail:

India Today, July 14, 2011 | UPDATED 13:21 IST

Source: India secrets: Chhattisgarh : Travel Plus News – India Today
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