Meet Abdul Khaliq Kumar, hailing from Chaar-e-Shareef area of district Budgam, 29 kilometers from Srinagar, known for his pottery. Kumar began practicing this skill at the age of 13 and continues it even at the age of 63 today. His father Abdul Ahad Kumar taught him, and for him, pottery objects were mostly used in old times, where it became his sole way of living and earning a livelihood. In the past few years, Kumar makes customized objects according to the need of the customers. Despite suffering vicissitudes in his business, he has beautifully managed to survive and make a name for himself locally. His son discontinued the profession because of the changing tradition and impact of modernity, making him realize that he could not make a living out of it. However, Kumar worked as a dedicated skilled person, along with his two assistants, who think that he is bestowed with innate quality of giving alluring shape to mud to make it into objects for different purpose.

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For last 25 years Jabbar Khalil used to work here to run his small family. He would spend 8 hours every day to shape up new mud pots. Photograph by Muhammed Umer
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Abdul Khaliq Kumar, 65, a famous potter from Kral Mohalla Chaari-e-Shareef area of Budgam District is the only person in his family who loves to do this work from last many decades. Photograph Muhammed Umer
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Using his golden hands that shape up the clay for making different shapes for water pots, which is mostly seen across the valley in many houses. Photograph by Muhammed Umer
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Mud house of Ahad Kumar, having 3 stories are wholly used for his work along with some workers. Some of the rooms are used to store the pots that are later supplied to vendors across the Valley. Photograph by Muhammed Umer
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Old, mud made large room where the process of coloring is done on the pots, while listening to Kashmiri folk songs. Photograph by Muhammed Umer
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Pot making is an art, which is found inside these old men, who really love to work and create beautiful art of it. Photograph Muhammed Umer

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