Shivarpatna is a small village in the Taluk of malur of the district Kolar. Shivarpatna is renowned for its stone carved sculptures and idols in the country and abroad. Shivarapatna is synonymous with the word sculpture with approximately 300 families engaged in it. People from many parts of the country and from all over the world pour into the village to buy sculptures. Giving the age-old art its traditional importance, the artisans of Shivarapatna have kept it alive for so long and the government has breathed a new life into the old skills. Stone carving is an ancient activity where pieces of rough natural stone are shaped by the controlled removal of stone. Owing to the permanence of the material, evidence can be found that even the earliest societies indulged in some form of stone work. The artisans of Shivarpatna keep this art alive with perseverance and sincerity.
The stone blocks are first cut into smaller pieces to ease the work for the artisans. The design to be carved is drawn with pencil first and then the design is carved out using hammer and chisel. The carved out surface is then grinded using a grinding machine to improve the surface texture of the sculpture and smoothen it. The completed sculpture is ready to be marketed