An Ethnographic Account of Indigenous Bell Metal Art of Assam

Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India, 66(1-2) : (161-182), 2017

An Ethnographic Account of Indigenous Bell Metal Art of Assam

Drabita Dutta
Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, Delhi

Abstract
Crafts are the one of the earliest expressions of human creativity. They have been playing a vital role in the social-cultural and economic milieu of a society. Bell metal crafts are one among them. Work centres of bell metal crafts are found throughout the length and breadth of India. Assam is one of the States of India known for its traditional bell metal cottage craft industries. The present paper seeks to understand the socio- economic conditions of bell metals artisans particularly kahars of Sarthbari clusters of Assam and how this cultural heritage can be preserved. It also explores the ways to minimize the exploitation of kahar in the hand of mahajans.

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