The vibrant Indian state of Rajasthan has always been on the list of each travellers for its rich tradition, history that has blended well with contemporary lifestyles of today. The land of great warriors, golden desert, Rich art, fascinating forts and palaces, great love stories and war all packed in one.
Due to its close proximity from Delhi my last trip of 2018 was Jodhpur and somehow I have been I have been fortunate enough to explore this state time and again in my own little capacity. Though I still feel that’s not enough to explore the desert state. What most attracts me in Rajasthan is the rural part and exploring Singhasni – the potter town on the outskirts of Jodhpur was one such experience. Almost around 20km south of Jodhpur lies Singhasni. We started around early morning to avoid the harsh afternoon sun. As the Jeep made its way through the rural paths it was an exploration of sorts.
As we reached Singhasni, we were guided to a Muslim potter house, who was busy in his art. Greeted with much warmth, the woman of the house was in full “parda”. Both sides of the house saw pots piled up while some were been baked in the oven. Curious and full of enthusiasm I sat to see the master craftsman show his art.
It’s a dream to see how effortlessly Munzar Khan’s hands moulded the wet clay to create something really special as he placed that on the potter’s wheel. Such craftsmanship is not a one day thing, it’s an outcome of years of practice. It’s nothing less than an opportunity of lifetime to witness a culture and its traditions that may soon die.
It was fun to be guided by the master craftsman on how to spin the potter’s wheel, from clay and set the pots out to dry. The whole experience is nothing less than magic. Visiting these villages also gives a hands down experinece and understandin as to how people actually live and work in rural India.