Each person is assigned a specific role. Some beat drums and other percussion instruments while another plays the shehnai. After the prayers, the men collect the holy clay. This must be mixed with the rest of the clay mixture for making the figurines. In some parts of the country, the puja of the clay starts on the day of Akshay Trithiya, but in others as in Bhubaneshwar it is done as early as first week of August.
Once the clay worship concludes, the artisans get down to work. For most of them it is traditional calling and art is passed on from father to son. Many take it up as a family business and are extremely talented in it.
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