Whenever we go to the river bank, we often see a lot of stones. These stones of small and large size are rarely used for any special purpose. But just imagine if creative art is prepared with the help of these stones, then how will it be? Today we are going to introduce you to one such artist who is making different types of creative products from stones lying on the banks of the river. There is also a demand for their products across the country. This earns them good income. Not only this, he is also spreading awareness in the society with his creativity.
This story is of Pralhad Pawar, a resident of Vajur village in Parbhani district of Maharashtra. They The Better India Told him that making artwork with stones has been his hobby and now this hobby has become his employment.
The village of Pralhad is situated on the banks of the Godavari river. That’s why he has been associated with the river since childhood. He says, “As a child, we used to go for a walk and play on the banks of the river. We have Godavari river here. On his way back home, he would bring some pebbles and stones. Since I was interested in art, I used to think that I wish to make something creative out of these beautiful stones. So out of hobby, I started making different artworks.”
In the beginning, he started giving the artwork made of stones to the people around him. During his college days, he once gave a similar artwork to the Vice Chancellor of the University. He praised it very much and said that progress should be made in this area. Since then, he started to refine himself in this art.
beautiful stone art
Pralhad has studied Horticulture. After doing B.Sc. Horticulture, in 2017 he got a fellowship under the ‘Chief Minister Rural Development Programme’. During the three-year fellowship, he was working on a program related to sanitation and agriculture in the village. During this, he used to work to take different schemes of the government to the village.
He told, “It was during my fellowship that I thought why not use my art to spread these social messages to the people. Usually, every art has some message or purpose behind it.
After this, in the year 2020, he started his startup ‘Srishti Art’. He started making idols, art related to social awareness, home decoration items from stones lying on the banks of the river. He did not need to take any kind of training for this. He keeps working with the urge to do something new every day.
He is accompanied by his wife Mohini Pawar and his father Bhagwan Pawar helping him in making these artefacts.
Different identity found at district level
Pralhad continued to work on his art. In the meantime, he started taking his artefacts related to the promotion of awareness to the district collector’s office and to the local officials. Because of this, people started talking about his artworks at the local level.
He says, “I have also worked for social awareness during Corona last year. My artwork was also sent to states outside Maharashtra through the District Collector’s Office. Which was liked a lot. In this way my art became Parbhani’s art.”
From the district level, he has got an opportunity to exhibit his art in the fairs organized in Bhopal, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Parbhani district collector Aanchal Goyal said, “Parbhani district of Marathwada region comes in backward area. Despite the lack of resources in the area, the art of Pralhad Pawar is world class, which is a matter of pride for us. This is the reason why we have made it the identity of our district. Now we are also working to get it recognized across the country.
Marketing through online
Pralhad also promotes his art through social media in the name of ‘Srishti Art’. For this art he collects stones from rivers like Godavari, Bori and Betwa. First he sets up his theme, then finds stones in the right size and design according to the theme. The special thing is that he creates art in its natural form without cutting any stone.
Frame your art in the size of 9×12 size. He told that it takes up to three days to make a frame. He keeps the price of this art product between Rs 1000 and Rs 5000.
Pralhad says that in the last two years he has sold around 300 artifacts. In the same month, from 16 October to 25 October, he participated in a fair organized in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. Where he had set up his stall in the name of Parbhani’s art. He also made a profit of 30 thousand from this fair. Last year, his startup earned a turnover of three lakhs through online sales.
He said, “My products are getting very good response in different exhibitions and social media. Recently I gave online pebble art training to the children of a Navodaya Vidyalaya in Pune. In the coming time, I am also going to work on some more government projects. ”
If you want to know in detail about this unique art of Pralhad or want to join him then click here.
Editing – G N Jha
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