GUWAHATI: As Diwali, the festival of lights, approaches, the 138-year-old firecracker industry in Barpeta is buzzing with activity, gearing up to add its radiant touch to the upcoming celebrations. Skilled artisans and dedicated workers at this long-standing establishment are laboring tirelessly to craft a diverse assortment of fireworks that will illuminate the skies in the days to come.
Gopojit Pathak, the proprietor of the venerable firecracker industry, radiates optimism regarding the demand for their environmentally conscious green crackers, which have taken center stage among their offerings. These eco-friendly fireworks have been steadily gaining popularity, in step with the growing environmental concerns linked to conventional firecrackers.
With a workforce of more than 50 skilled artisans, the industry stands well-prepared for the impending Diwali rush. Their manufacturing process adheres to stringent safety standards, ensuring the welfare of their workforce and the exceptional quality of their products.
What sets this year apart is a palpable shift in sentiment against Chinese-made products. Residents of Barpeta and customers hailing from the surrounding regions have been flocking to the firecracker industry, exhibiting a distinct preference for locally-made fireworks over imported alternatives. This shift reflects a growing awareness of the importance of supporting local industries and embracing eco-friendly alternatives, aligning with the global push for sustainability.
Also with the festival of lights just around the corner, artists creating earthen lamps of various shapes and sizes are working very hard to compete with as many products as possible before the festival of lights. Along with the rest of the state, the artists from Tamulpur working with such wares are also working day and night to get these items ready to sell in the Diwali market. Diwali, the festival of lights is less than a week away and preparations are in full swing for this upcoming festival. Lights, sweets, clothes and gift sellers are busy for the festival ahead, but more than them, the artisans who make earthen lamps are busy with their work, as this is their busiest part of the year.