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Doll up your house this Navarathri

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Boasting of over 100 models, the Kolu Exhibition is extended to until October 24

worth a visitGolu dolls on sale at the Navarathri Exhibation.T Singaravelou
worth a visitGolu dolls on sale at the Navarathri Exhibation.T Singaravelou

“Up to the sixth step of the Kolu, traditionally people place dolls that depict phases of the human life, like ceremonies or the Chettiar dolls. On the seventh step, they place people that have achieved something greater than the ordinary, like persons who had fought for the country’s freedom,” one of the organisers of the Navarathri Kolu Toys Exhibition explained.

“On the eighth step, dolls of great saints like Buddha and various other Rishis are placed. On the ninth step, which is generally the topmost step in many households, idols of different deities are placed,” the organiser said.

The idea is that human beings have only six senses, so the first six steps represent that. The seventh and eighth steps are reserved for people who had extraordinary achievements, or those who had seventh and eighth senses, and the ninth step is for the divine, the organiser said.

There are dolls available to fill every step available at the Navarathri Kolu Toys Exhibition. Whether it is the story of the crow and the vadai , an ear-boring ceremony, or the Sri Rangam Ranganathar idol, a terracotta replica is available at the exhibition at the Easwaran Temple on M.G. Road.

Apart from the standard dolls of the various deities, there are also a range of lamps ( Agal vilaku ) and unpainted terracotta artefacts that can be used through the year.

This year, they have also brought in some dolls from Kolkata, which are made of a special kind of terracotta. There are Durga Puja dolls as well as some slightly smaller sets, which are very different from the traditional South Indian Kolu dolls.

With over 100 models, ranging from the traditional dolls to African mask-like dolls, Buddha dolls and others, the Kolu exhibition is definitely worth a visit if you are planning a Kolu at your house.

They have extended that date of the exhibition until October 24, Vijayadasami day. Until last year, the exhibition would end a couple of days before the end of Navarathri, but because of popular demand, they had decided to have it for a few days extra, the organiser said.

There is a 25 per cent discount for all dolls at the exhibition. The prices range from Rs. 10 to Rs. 10,000 depending on the size of the doll and the kind of work that went into making it.

The exhibition is being organised by the Toy Makers Artisans Cooperative Society.

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