STONE SCULPTURES OF SUSUNIA- JOURNEY OF AN ANCIENT STONE SCULPTURE CARVING CRAFT TO CONTEMPORARY ART
Shushunia or Susunia hill is known as a travel destination. Hills, forests and waterfalls are the main attractions of Shushunia. Another major attraction of Susunia is an inscription by King Chandravarman.There are hundreds of people in the village around Shushunia, who are sculpture artists and collect stones from Susunia hill to create monolithic sculptures. For generations, these artisans have been sculpting one of the oldest pieces of Indian art history. Believably, in the fourth century, during the rule of King Chandravarman, people of Susunia learned the craft and kept nourishing it to a level where their creations are reaching to the different corners of the world.
At the foot of the hill, we could hear the incessant rhythmic pristine sound of stone carving. We could see how the artisans are creating statues of mythological hindu god and goddess with their divinity, meditative Buddha, different great personalities with their charisma, cutleries and a lot more. Their creations may vary from quarter of an inch to some feet; from a pendant to a full-size human figure.
Over the time, artisans of Susunia have started working on different stones with different textures from different parts of India and added a different artistry.
Which types of stones are used?
- Granular quartzite or sandstones from Susunia
- Marble from Rajasthan
- Limestone from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh