* It is found through this study that at present there are about 100 old families at Ghurni area of Krishnanagar who makes various models.
* This industry is very popular and in most of the international exhibitions held since 1851, Krishnanagar clay models have won medals and certificates and also great admiration from the Europeans.
* There are open studios and shops of the artists comprise an important attraction for tourists.
* For exhibitions of their models, they made models from the special soil of Krishnagar (river side soil) in Nadia district, have been held in London, Paris and Boston.
* The first rewarded artist was Sri Ram Paul in 1819. At present there are 29 rewarded artists.
* Recently the artists who are involving such activities faced with great difficulties. Gradually decreasing the demand of good buyer, and also capturing market by cheapest non – breakable item.
* Clay modelers of Krishnanagar have now fallen on bad days. Present condition is throwing them into poverty and unwillingness. As a result new generation lost their interest from this work.
* Most of the young generations are inclined to service their heredity artistic works. So number of master craftsmen is decreasing day by day. Younger generations are switching over to more lucrative trades or more paying professions.
* A few those have money engaging with stone sculpture, fiberglass models, although they lack the infrastructure for making fiber glass models. Fiberglass is more durable and easy to mould.
* Maximum artists are not well aware seek new information for improve their product.
* Majority of the artists do not use library, and they are not well aware about internet, E mail. They have captured their traditional think.
* Government and other social organization are not aware to save this industry.
The following suggestions and steps are needed for the artists. These are:-
* To develop their skill, and keeping up to date library use is very much essential.
* For selling their product a co – operative organization is very essential.
* Modern infrastructure is required for Stone sculpture, fiberglass models.
* A training center and a selling center is very much required in Krishnagar.
* By using library & internet they can collect their necessary information to improve their work.
* Art related orientation program, conference, seminar attend is necessary to improve their work and inspiration of new generation.
Mrit silpa is an ancient art, carrying through the prehistoric age. This industry is very popular in the world. In past so many artists won various medals and certificates from national and international country. The first rewarded artist was Sri Ram Paul in 1819. At present there are above 8 artists who rewards as Gold medalist and near about 30 artists who won various awards from various places. Presently the eminent artists are Sri Biren Pal, Sri Goutam Pal, Ganesh Pal, Rabindranath Pal etc. They are all won Gold Medal from Indian President. Their realistic sculptures are well known to every body. Some good artists are engaged as an engineer to build up temples image.
Recently the artists who are involving such activities faced with great difficulties. Gradually decreasing the demand of good buyer, and also capturing market by cheapest non – breakable item, it throwing them into poverty and unwillingness. As a result new generation lost their interest from this work.
Although a few those have money engaging with stone sculpture, fiberglass models, but they have no proper infrastructure for making fiber glass models, stone model etc.
Govt. grant and inactivity is one of the main causes to decrease such world wide creation. If govt. arrange to give loan to the artists as their necessary and take proper plan to form co - operative handicraft emporium and open a sales counter at the center of the city then this industry may be saved.
So we can say only govt. grant and social organization activity can help to survive ‘mrit silpa workers’ of Krishnanagar and the artists who are still struggling with their heritable creation.
At last I express my fault because there are some limitations of this work are:-
The questionnaire based survey is maximum time consuming, expensive, some time target populations are not willing to give answer. There always some gaps existed between the current development & respondents. Quantitative information is not suitable rather than the qualitative information.
In spite of this narrowness, this present work will be helpful to mrit silpa artists and researchers.