Saturday, November 21, 2009

"Bali Tolar Nouko" of Balagarh

Balagarh in Hugli district of West Bengal, a traditional boat building centre. Smooth Skinned, rabbeted and stapled boat build in shell first method. Length 40 haat (60 feet). width 10 haat (15 feet).
Wood: Babla (Acacia arabica), Khirish, Sirish, Arjun (Terminalia arjuna)

At least 25 karkhana (boat building sheds) is woring under the shed of bamboo grove and mango orchard.

Rajbangshi Para is the key centre of this activity. Boat makers are mainly from Rajbansgi community (fisherfolk). 
More than 500  people are actively associated with Boat Building activity.

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