Srinagar, November 2, 2017: Muslim potters in Kashmir are putting up great effort to create traditional clay lanterns, or “diyas,” for the approaching Hindu holiday of Diwali. This is a touching demonstration of religious peace and communal solidarity.
This remarkable act highlights the continuing essence of “Kashmiriyat” and the importance of intercommunal peace within the particular community.
Not only is the demand for these clay lamps soaring, but it is also driving a renaissance in the traditional pottery sector, which has been suffering from year-round fluctuations in demand.
Muhammad Umar, 29, a Nishat native and alumnus of the school of business, is one of the inspirational people involved in this interfaith partnership.
At his Nishat facility, which is situated on the outskirts of Srinagar, Umar is working very hard to fulfil a sizable order for diya lights.
The lights he is making will shine on November 12 during Diwali festivities.
With numerous years of experience shaping clay into artwork, Umar is now working nonstop to complete orders from several clients.