As Sivakasi, firecracker central, hits a century this Diwali, a pivot beckons
- In India’s fireworks capital in Tamil Nadu, firecracker makers are talking of research and innovation, automation and diversification. What does this mean for the embattled industry that has survived a century?
Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu: At first sight, it doesn’t resemble a factory at all. In fact, everything about Ayyan Fireworks Factory Pvt Ltd’s unit at Sengamalanachiapuram, in Sivakasi, India’s fireworks capital, is an anti-thesis to a typical manufacturing facility. There is no one unitary structure, but 64 small working sheds spaced from each other and surrounded by neem trees.