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Shangrila on show

It's a rare glimpse of the `roof of the world' in Chennai. The Tibetan Craft Exhibition, which is on till September 19 at the YWCA grounds, Poonamallee High Road, showcases a stunning array of artefacts.

EXQUISITELY CRAFTED tankhas, the fragrance of burning incense and the sweet, healing music of `singing bowls' create a perfect ambience for an exhibition of rare Tibetan handicrafts, commencing today at the YWCA grounds, Poonamallee High Road. The first-ever Tibetan Crafts Exhibition to be held in the city, the three-day cultural bonanza organized by the Tibetan Refugee Welfare Association and the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture will also feature video shows of a unique culture. An added attraction is the free consultation on all three days offered by experts in the Tibetan system of herbal medicine. And yes, on the premises will be a renowned Tibetan astrologer too, to predict the turns that our wheel of fortune will take.

The myths and motifs of a fascinating culture, which reached its apogee on "the roof of the world" can be seen in all the functional and decorative artefacts that are on display — on the finely worked, hand painted tankhas that are rich with spiritual symbolism, in the auspicious lotus and dragon symbols on beautiful hand knotted carpets, which integrate minimalism and harmony in their design format. The carpets come in various sizes and are a tribute to a long tradition of excellence in carpet weaving. The motifs are scattered, engraved and etched on every Tibetan artefact, from the bells, the butter lamps, the enchanting wooden good luck symbols and the fine cotton shirts to the charming jewellery forms.

So savour the flavours and craft forms of Shangrila. Spread an enchanting carpet on the floor, let an embroidered, woven wall hanging adorn the walls of your home or light an exquisitely crafted butter lamp for luck. You could also acquire a set of white metal cutlery, embellished with semi precious stones, a carved wooden box or a new age candle set with gems and more...

There's a breath-taking range of Tibetan silver jewellery on display too. The repertoire includes necklaces, earrings, rings, etc. in both traditional and modern formats. The fair is on till September 19.


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