As S. Sangeetham carefully selects the right iron tool in the process of transforming a plain-looking piece of wood into an image of Thiruvalluvar, he says: “The face length determines everything, the eyebrows, the lips and the eyes have to be in proportion.” Farther away, Hemant Behera from Puri, talks about his Patachitra paintings, a series of engravings on cloth based on stories from the epics and the sketch book handed down over generations of ‘chitrakaars.'
The marvellous art ware, decorative hangings, aesthetically designed photo frames, lanterns, carvings and intricate embroidery are what strike a visitor first at ‘Sourcing Show,' an all-India handicrafts exhibition being organised by the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited at Valluvar Kottam, that got under way on Tuesday. But equally pervasive is the aura of the ingenuity of the artisans and the cultural diversity of the regions they hail from. The rich tradition of Madhubani paintings comes alive with animals, birds and geometric designs on frames in shades of red and brown. Tanjore's renowned veenas are also in high demand. S. Vidya, a student of Government Music College, at the stall says most of the pieces have already been booked.
Mayor M. Subramanian inaugurated the exhibition that will be on till February 21. R. Vijayakumar, chairman and managing director, Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd, participated.