Indika

Indika

In the Kutch desert of northwest India lives a family who make bells following an ancient technique passed down to them from their ancestors.

Janmamad Luhar and his extended family start the process with sheets of recycled steel.  They beat the steel into shape by hand, then dip it in copper.  Women family members make a dough to cover the bells and then bury them in a kiln under the hot desert sand.  The heat melds the metals into bronze and a unique patina is formed in the process.

What makes these bells so very special is that each one is tuned by the Luhar family after firing.  Every size rings a different note.