Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Christian art in Asia with a European face

A Pentecost scene at a Catholic church in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka created by Milton Kumar, a Hindu artist and sculptor. (Photo supplied)
Casting statues has been a passion for Lincoln D’Rozario since he was 10 years old. “My maternal uncles were carpenters, and I grew up watching how they made statues from wood,” the Catholic father of four told UCA News. A member of Our Lady of Guidance Church in Padrishibpur of Barishal district in southern Bangladesh, he attained the skills to carve out statues from clay, fiber, cement and wood using his hands and chisels. His statues, ranging from small to life-size, mostly have white European features to meet local demand. “I don’t bother whether the statues have European or Asian faces. I only think about how to make them look real and devotional,” D’Rozario, 45, explained. [More]