Is Ravana effigy making craft is eloping slowly from Delhi ?. Rampal, chief artisan in one of Delhi’s largest Ravana effigy makers, based in Tatarpur village near Subhash Nagar, is back on his work of giving final touch to the demon king. Sitting under a tree on the Najafgarh Road, near Subhash Nagar Metro Station, he is busy crafting a bamboo structure with wires.Originally hails from Amroha, a village in western Uttar Pradesh, Rampal earns Rs 500 per day with his art. This is not a full time work, as this is the only time for him to earn before Dusshera after which he used to move back to their villages.GST to blame?
Many of effigy makers are facing the ill effects of GST in their business. Sanjay Kumar, 45, an owner of Ravana effigy making craft business, inherited from his father decades ago. Almost 80-100 effigies of Ravanas, Kumbhakarans and Meghnath under metro station belongs to his shop, his workers constantly works to give the perfect Ravana- moustaches that stretch outwards to almost 5 foot.According to the effigy makers, an average sized Ravana previously costs Rs 7000 and they used to sell it for Rs 12000 but now due to GST making cost raised by Rs 3000 but they are still bound to sell it for same price as it was, otherwise people don’t buy it.Sanjay is running effigy making business from last 35 years. In disappointment he said that good days are going with ever rising cost. Raw material has become expensive which ultimately raise the making cost and shrinks their profits.Shrinking orders for effigies
Labourers who migrate to the capital for this part time work, moves back to their villages and get engaged in the full time work for next 10 months. As there is not much profit now in this business, effigy makers are not investing much in this as they knew the profits are shrinking. Earlier they used to get the order a month ago with full specification of full sized Ravana but now interested people approached just a day before hoping that they would get on lower rate and effigy makers forcefully sell them at marginal prices to earn some pennies.Not a lavish business anymore
An ad-hoc painter hired for painting effigies earns just Rs 250 a day, amounting to Rs 7500 per month.
Lakshman Kumar, 31, a resident of Tatarpur, painting an effigy is a child’s play. He has been doing this for over 20 years but money is a concern now. It took only five minutes to him to paint eyes, eyebrows, lips and teeth on an effigy and soon hops onto the other one. (Ravana effigy making craft)
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