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Crafts corner at Kalanjali

The new Kalanjali Arts and Crafts offers an exquisite craft collection which is worth checking out.

FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE: It makes the choice tough.

HOME IS where the heart is. And what better way of living than with art objects surrounding you. The new exclusive floor at Kalanjali Arts & Crafts offers you just that with collections in marble, wood, terracotta and more.

Gitopadesham in wood, Ganesha in the Nataraja style, Mohenjo daro and Harappa clay figurines and Raja Ravi Verma's paintings are given a new lease of life in the medium of wood, statuettes in Hoysala style with the characteristic ornamentation in antique finish, Tanjore and Mughal miniature paintings, designer terracotta jars with murals from Goan villages or the Dokra metal craft from Bastar, the floor packs it all. "Earlier, art used to be patronised in the temples, we have tried to reproduce it using different mediums and fusing ancient styles," says Madhusudan Rao, Manager, Kalanjali Arts & Crafts about the collection.

The Shivani collection (Rs 4,000-Rs.70,000), in yellow cedar wood comprises mythological figures integrating the Hoysala and Chola styles. The sculptures are seasoned to protect from temperature extremes. One of the `must-see' pieces in this collection is the Krishna in the Rajasthan doridar work priced at $ 1,190 (INR 56,966). The Ashtalakshmi panel in sandalwood , the namaste two-piece set, with Lakshmi and Ganesha in each palm, with the rosary beads chiselled out to perfection, or the village belle with the dupatta worked with dainty sequins are collectors' pieces.

The collection in teak, a challenging labour in hardwood, is awesome as also carving in azure serpentine stone representing mythological themes. It is poetry in stone, the Radha-Krishna, and Meera behind depicting sheer devotion, in marble. "We focus on display. We have kept exquisite pieces here so that their uniqueness is visible and arranged carefully, especially the furniture, in such a way that consumers can feel how it would look back home. This section is envisaged for architects and people planning new homes where they can choose from beds, dining tables and more," says Madhusudan.

ORNATE SOFA SET: Befitting to adorn grand homes.

There are many more items worth looking at like the jhoolah with an English concept, teak wood cradle, the sofa set in silver inspired by the Rajputana style, dining table with inlay work of acrylic, natural wood and mirrors to cabinets embossed with gold paint , to a functional lacquer painted eight-set furniture in pastel colours to suit Western interiors.

The home collection shows vivid fusion - evident from the Rajasthan jharoka with Kerala motifs for the artificial window, photo frame or mirror and a Kashmiri walnut wood table made in rosewood etched with Mysore ornamentation.

Either use an ancient door for a tabletop or yaalis as bases for glass-topped tables - this is functional art. "We look into saleability of art. Also it has been an endeavour from our side to promote the artisans. We are trying to support crafts which are on the verge of extinction such as filigree and Bidri," says Madhusudan. The silver filigree work from Karimnagar is priced between Rs.1,500-Rs. 2.5 lakh.

Delicate workmanship or functional ethnic furniture for present day living or art objects - it is all available at Kalanjali (Tel: 3231147, 3297196/97.


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