This gentleman here is a descendant of the artists who were known for making marble art pieces since the Mughals ruled. He was busy working on a design when I asked him about his work and family. He said his family has been in this business for 17 generations. His father and grandfather taught him how to shape the semi-precious stones, polish them, cut the marble as per size and shape of the stones, and then embed them. 'Would you teach this art to your kids?' He smiled and said that he was a bachelor but he wouldn't want to teach the craft to his progeny. 'There are 1500-2000 artist families in Agra who are involved in this work. All of them belong to families who have been making marvellous art pieces for generations. I do not wish my children to carry forward the legacy because it hasn’t given me much in terms of money and comfort'
As he got back to his designs, I thought of all the handicrafts artisans I have met so far. They all regret giving up on their ancient knowledge but they don't want their children to suffer because the world no longer appreciates art!