STONE WORK

Gulam is a 30 year old artisan who learnt the art of stone carving from his father who was taught by other artisans  from Pakistan who visited Turtuk back when it was still geographically a part of the region. His father, beign the only artisan to know the craft, made sure to teach at least one of his three sons who initially didn't appreciate it but now has come to understand its value.

The art of stone carving practised by Gulam is a physically challenging one, where he has to lift at least 5 kgs after trekking up mountains close to the region of Balsa, where appropriate kinds of stones are found.

Gulam's brothers aren't too interested in the art but out of his concern for the dying craft, he is not trying to introduce the skills to them too.