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An interview with stone engraver father-son-duos

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By: Wahengbam Rorrkychand
Manipur is bestowed with plenty of natural resources; monetization of the resources would mitigate the problem of unemployment in the state, observed noted stone engraver Yanglem Biren Singh (70) of Bishnupur Ward No 4.
He gained knowledge of the secret – stone graving- from his grandfather (L) Khumanthem Damu at his childhood. For a good number of years he worked along his mentor-cum-grandfather at a makeshift work shed.
During an interview with state awardee stone graver, Biren said that it is a good profession and doesn’t need huge capital. However, the profession demands interest, dedication and creativity.
“I could raise 7 (seven) children and send them to schools with my earning. There is huge market for engraved stone products and the return is fair with the invested capital, time and labour. One could earn as much as much he can. But due to the lack of advance technology and it is unable to meet market demand,” he said.
A Shivlinga that cost around Rs 4000-5000 could be prepared in two days time. While pots, stone pestle, gifts and other kitchen items could be made in a day.
Highlighting the prospect of earning he said that stones are collected from the nearby hills of Bishnupur and spend around Rs 3000 including transportation cost and other taxes. With this expenditure, he could earn atleast Rs 70,000.
Following the family’s profession his fourth son Y Sunil also took up the profession. Sunil who is a graduate from Imphal college is after BA from Imphal College in 1999.
During the interview Sunil said that he is happy with the profession and able to earn money for his livelihood.
He also thanks Rural Development Organisation, Lamsang for helping to construct his work shed and providing machines for engraving stones.

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