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Gift from the Earth: Terracotta lamps
Gift from the Earth: Terracotta lamps

NIVEDITA GANGULY

The simple terracotta lamp gives that special glow to the festive season.

Rows of earthy deepams mark the arrival of the “Festival of Lights” — Deepavali.

Having a mystic charm of its own, it has the mysterious glow.

With just a few days to go for the festival, the markets have been lit with an array of varied shapes of deepams.

Embellished with charming innovative touches, the luminous lights of the modest terracotta deepams have now undergone a sparkling makeover.

With their painted designs, folk motifs and graphics, and exuberant colours, dressed up with mirrors, sequins, pearls and zari, the Deepavali deepam is now an ingenious work of art.

Floaters

The floating deepams and candles have a variety of fragrance. They are also believed to usher in positive energy when kept at the right place in the house.

A series of terracotta deepams outside the Andhra University campus has become a common sight.

As the festival nears, people selling deepams continue to add decorations to the serried rows of terracotta deepams.

These include along with the classic terracotta single deepams, clusters of these are arranged to form steps, cascades, exquisite floral shapes such as the lotus and the rose, covered with serrated covers and much more.

Happy Deepavali.


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