This Muslim community has been making firecrackers for Diwali since the king's era
Posted on: Oct 28, 2016 11:56 AM IST | Updated on: Oct 28, 2016 11:56 AM IST
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Setting another example of togetherness and communal harmony, a Muslim community has been making firecrackers for Diwali ever since the times of King Sawai Man Singh. The community in Jaipur has been maintaning traditional methods of Shorgar fireworks since over 300 years.
About a thousand people were brought in Jaipur by Man Singh. They were initially settled in Amer, where they had workshops for makinhg canon shells. The community slowly started to experiment with fireworks. Ever since the Shorgar community settled in Jaipur.
For centuries, the community has been making firecrackers for Diwali and other festivals. Although, the profession today is affected by rising prices of raw materials. However, the firecrackers are still made on traditionla methods, and hence are very reliable.
These firecrackers are not very loud and do not emit a lot of smoke. There's always a fear of malfunction with ordinary firecrackers, but these rarely ever disappoint.
Shorgar firecrackers have been used in royal weddings, festivals and to celebrate victories in war since King Sawai Man Singh's era, Shorgar artisan Zaheer Ahmed said. However, the tradition has been declining due to rise in commercialisation and change in consumer preferences, he added.
People from all religions buy Shorgar firecrackers, especially they're very popular during Diwali, Ahmed said.
Shorgar firework artisans have been a symbol of communal harmony since centuries. Muslim here await Diwali with just as much enthusiasm as Hindus.