In Odisha, metal crafts reached a high level of perfection during the reign of the Ganga Dynasty from 11th century onward. The bell metal products of Odisha found a regular market in the neighboring state of West Bengal and other areas besides meeting the growing demands at home.
The industry was prosperous when raw materials were available. But the craft experienced many obstacles during different periods of time and at present it comes across constraints on account of non-availability of raw materials and unassured credit facilities.
This report details a diagnostic study on the Bell Metal Craft industry in Balasore, Odisha.