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I was informed today, by Udai's cousin Gulab of the sad news that Udai died on the 5th of January 2007.
I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. Udai was a very talented potter and recognised world-wide for his work. He will be missed, not only for his work, but as a person who was modest about his achievements and a good and gentle man.
Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go both to his family and the whole village of Molela. He will be sadly missed by many people in India and throughout the world.
For fifteen generations Udai Lal Kumhar's family have practised the tradition of making terracotta plaques of
traditional Hindu Deities. Molela is known in the area as a 'potters village' as there are about 30 families
from the Kumhar caste producing pottery. It produces a range of pottery goods , from devotional plaques to
large panels depicting rural village scenes and smaller items such as temple hand bells and domestic ware.
Two local clays are used - Nada, a coarse black clay with a high sand grog and Alu, a finer gray clay used for
throwing. The two clays are mixed together in equal parts with the addition of 20% dried and sifted donkey dung,
which helps to disperse the heat through the plaque and lesson the thermal shock during firing.
Udai lal Kumhar's family has lived in the small town of Molela, fifty
km. north of Udaipur in southern Rajasthan for the past 15 generations.
Under the guidance of his father, Udai
began his apprenticeship at the age of 10. He was born in 1949.
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: Manglam Terracotta Art, Village & Post Molela, Via Khamnor, Dist. Rajsamand - 31, India, .
Telephone: 00 91 2953 285105
Fax: 00 91 294 2520059
Availability: Studio is open from 9am to 7pm every day.
Directions: My studio is located about 45 KM north of Udaipur, India. Udaipur is well connected by Air, Rail and bus services from New Delhi & Mumbai, which are major cities of India.
Last Updated: 2011-09-24