Amritsar, Feb. 24 : While music is believed to be a major carrier of Punjab's culture, ethos, and folklore beyond borders, the same are also being popularized through resin products in Amritsar, the city where the famous Golden temple is located.
Courtesy the two Sikh brothers, Tajinder Singh and Manohar Sigh of Amritsar, the know-how about Punjabi way of life and its culture is reaching various homes in different parts of the country and abroad through attractive resin statues.
Motivated by the passion to spread Punjabi culture round the world, the duo is happy that their innovative approach in their business is contributing to Punjabi culture's popularity.
Having started their business as readymade garment merchants, their talent and passion took the Singh brothers to the art field.
After getting into acrylic frames, mementos and related items both brothers decided to manufacture statues and figurines depicting Punjabi culture and heritage.
But it was during his visit to Mumbai that Tajinder Singh, the youngest of the duo, came to know about the manufacturing of statutes made of resin.
"When I noticed Chinese products made of resin, I thought if Chinese statues of cowboys, wood cutters, Buddhist prototypes could be in the market, what stops us to show our own culture and rich heritage in the same way?. And, thus I decided to put my ideas into practice," said Tajinder Singh.
Today, the available range of resin products include Nihangs (the Sikh warriors), woman spinning the charkha or churning buttermilk and Bhangra and Gidhha dance teams, Punjabi bride and groom and so on.
The prices of his resin statues range between rupees 150 to 5,000.
To prepare resin statues liquid resin mixed with other chemicals are poured in to the moulds and dried. It further requires skills to give it a final finish with colours and polish. Once prepared, these can also be transported to other places with ease.
Our products hold a big demand in India and abroad, said Manohar Singh, the other brother while adding that they have employed skilled workers for the purpose.
Such figurines are also available in ceramic or in clay but the beauty of the resin made products have a long life than others, Manohar added.
Nitin Kumar, one of the visitors in Amritsar said that he was drawn to the products once he looked at them for the first time. They depicted the Punjabi culture and he wished to take them along with him as a souvenir from Punjab.
Amarjit Singh Chauhan, another customer, said that such products indeed had the potential to promote Punjabi culture and values.
Chauhan told that he sends Bhangra and Gidhha team and Nihangs made of resin to his relatives living abroad so that their children could better learn about their heritage despite living far away. By Ravinder Singh Robin