Black Pottery of Nizamabad

Black Pottery of Nizamabad

[Winner of Director Special Award for documentary film in Heritage Film festival of India ,2015]

Nizamabad is a small town in Azamgarh District situated about 100 km (62 miles) north of Varanasi on the banks of river Tamsa, which feeds several lakes on the outskirts of the town.

The pottery of Nizamabad is characterised by its smooth lustrous black finish with sparkling motifs of silver grey etchings which resembles Bidriware of Karnataka. The black finish is due to application of clay slip, polishing and reduction firing.There are about 35 families still living in the town which is gradually diminishing.

In an effort to promote this craft, INTACH Delhi, organised a design development workshop with the artisans and made a documentary film.I hope you enjoy and we are happy for your honest feedback.

Screenplay, Cinematography & Direction : Subinoy Das
Art Direction: Darshan Singh
Editing: Subinoy Das & Akhil Gupta
Voice Over: Bhaveen Gossain
Produced by: INTACH, New Delhi, India.
Intach Team: Bindu Manchanda, Anil Browne, Anshu Ahuja, Meenu Sharma, Pitamber.S.Rawat

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8 Comments Black Pottery of Nizamabad

  1. Mr. Jay Thakkar from DICRC, CEPT, Ahmedabad August 24, 2016 at 10:49 PM

    “Thank you for sharing this. It’s done beautifully. I have shared this with people who may also be interested in this.”

  2. Mr. Kabir Vajpeyi, Vinyas Centre for Architectural Research & Design August 24, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    I don’t think anything more could have been packed in this well thought out short film that covers various issues. Congratulations to your entire team!
    This film was more than a documentary to me – it revealed to me so many aspects around this pottery.

  3. Sanal Nair August 24, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Just saw the documentary and I would like to thank you for making this treasure trove available to commoners like me. I am so inspired by it that now I have a strong desire to experience this in person.

  4. Nihal Parashar August 24, 2016 at 11:45 PM

    Saw this now! What a brilliant film you have made Subinoy. Really proud of you

  5. subinoydas October 26, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Thanks you everyone for such lovely words and appreciation. Honored.

  6. Michael Roe January 28, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    It would be wonderful to create a broader market for this ancient traditional black pottery. I’d welcome the chance to be a part of an effort to bring these items to a larger market, and to help the artists and craftspersons of Nizamabad. .

    1. subinoydas March 23, 2018 at 6:45 PM

      Thanks for your interest. Please share your idea, I will share it to the artisans and make something great for the community.


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