Here men are creators – of divinity in its manifest and sublime forms. A female form in clay, waiting to become the goddess Durga. A Shiva to be, sits meditatively looking forward to a touch of color while a completed Saraswati stands detached with a far away philosophical look in her eye. The idol makers of Kumartuli also sculpt other things, but it is the creative brilliance in bringing the Hindu pantheon to life that sets them apart. If Durga Puja is Calcutta’s claim to fame, it is to these artisans that much of the credit should go.