Panchrukhi (paanch(five)-rukhi(trees)), as name suggest it had five big trees, is the main town and use to have lot of hustle and bustle. Three relatives of mine are from area around Panchrukhi and Andretta, which also has small Katoch village and I visited this place I dont know how many times. My father took me quite many times to see Norah’s home as well as to another British sculptor’s home who lived there and always cherished us with her wonderful ice tea. The beautiful small fish pond also known as machhyal was the another stoppage to feed fish and then a bath in small natural water pond (bouri), which every body use to say has skin improvement qualities.
Very few of us know that Andretta use to be main centre for some of the best artists we had. BC Sanyal, the doyen of Indian art, Prithvi Raj Kapoor, the grand old man of Indian cinema, Balraj Sahni, perhaps the best Indian cinema artist India produced, Amrita Pritam, most prominent woman Punjabi poet and fiction writer, all use to visit Andretta.
India’s best potter, Padam Shree Sardar Gurcharan Singh also visited Sardar Sobha Singh’s home many times.
Now Andretta Pottery is run by Mansimran “Mini” Singh, son of Gurcharan Singh. Andretta Pottery and Craft Society was started in 1983. It is situated between the old Shuahk hills and the towering range of the Dholadhar Himalaya. As well as being a production studio pottery making attractively designed earthen slipware; it also provides 3 month courses for aspiring potters.
For more details please visit :http://www.andrettapottery.com