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The Coppersmiths of Tambat Ali, Pune

Tambat Ali in Kasba Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, is a 300 year-old community of coppersmiths continuing to practice their traditionalal art of creating copper vessels by hand. Once the caretakers of the Peshwa empire, the tambats migrated from the Konkan regions to settle in Kasba Peth to make cannons and weaponry for the Peshwai military. Among the many arts of the coppersmiths, mathaarkaam or the art of creating perfectly precise indentations onto copper vessels through rythmic hammering, is one that sees itself in grave danger of extinction.