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Divine and decorative

The `festival of lamps' at the CCIC presents a wide range to light up your homes

LAMPS REFLECT our rich tradition and cultural heritage, and no worship or festivity is complete without lighting a lamp. Coming close on the heels of Deepavali is another festival of lights, Karthigai Deepam, and what better occasion to organise an exhibition of lamps to coincide with the festival.

The Central Cottage Industries Corporation of India Limited (CCIC) has organised a "Festival of Lamps". Showcased are lamps from all over the country, in various shapes and sizes, in brass, panchaloka and terracotta. "Though we organise exhibitions every month, this is the first time that we are organising an exhibition of lamps as it will be much in demand during this festival," says M. Ananthraj, manager of CCIC.

The brilliance of 24-carat gold-coated brass lamps capture ones attention. "Chanku lamp with Ganesha inside is a major hit," he says. Also on display are elephant with lamp, Ganesha with five lamps and Annam with lamp. One can also choose from a range of hanging lamps, thongavilakku, hanging lotus lamp, hanging lady lamp, hanging kuthuvilakku and also antique finish parrot lamp. The shop has a good collection of Paavai vilakku, from 3 inch to 3 feet. Step and branch lamps will be ideal for decoration. Kuthuvilakku, the typical South Indian lamp and Kerala type kuthuvilakku dominate the collection, the smallest Kuthuvilakku being just about 3 inch tall. The prices of lamps range from Rs 11 onwards.

Agal is widely used for Karthigai and it is available here in stunning designs. The terracotta designer lamps from Kolkata are eye catchy and colourful. The lamps, come in the shape of kulfi-pot, sanku, veena and bottle, painted in vibrant colours and decorated with zari and mirrors are reasonably priced. Regular terracotta from Delhi and Pondicherry are also on display. Diyas come in a set of two or four.

For Christmas shoppers there is perfumed terracotta candles from Pondicherry. The festival of lamps is on till December 7, at Temple Tower, 672, Anna Salai, Nandanam. Phone: 24330809/24330898.


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