SILCHAR, Sept 15 - While his friends return home after school, 15-year-old Rupak Sarkar heads his way to places where idol makers are busy giving shape to the idols of Goddess Durga. His eyes light up gazing at the skilful hands giving shapes to the gods, goddesses and even the demons.
The un-ended quest on the styles and procedures of idol making soon became a part of Rupak�s life and he began to try his hands in idol making. Much to the awe of his mother Aparna Sarkar, the introvert boy from Vivekananda Road studying in class-X at Kendriya Vidyalaya Silchar has made idols of Saraswati, Laxmi and most recently a full-fledged 30 cm structure of goddess Durga with her children.
�He had this uncanny knack of getting his hands immersed in clay from the age of 3. We never thought he would seriously take up this as his favourite pastime, despite our ways to keep him away from the practice,� said Aparna Sarkar. She was quick to say that Rupak is also learning lessons classical music and performs at local stage shows.
Interestingly, while his mother was focusing on his singing talent, Rupak interrupted speaking about his of making a Durga idol and adorn it with golden hues next year. When asked about what drives him to make the idols, especially when no one in his family has been involved in the profession, Rupak replied �the conversion from mere clay, straw and wood to life-like idols excite me to stand and stare at the deities and also to try making those myself.�