The ninth edition of ‘Bombe Mane’, exhibition of dolls by Ramsons Kala Prathistana, will be inaugurated on Thursday at 6.30 p.m. The expo features a miniature model of the golden throne, along with the figure of the 25th Maharaja of Mysore, Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar, besides different doll traditions from across the sub-continent.
Noted lexicographer G. Venkatasubbayya will inaugurate the expo, which will go on till October 20. This year’s theme focuses on the mythical tale of the 32 dolls that once ornamented the fabled golden throne of Mysore.
Therefore, the exquisitely crafted replica of the golden throne (Karnataka Ratna Simhasana) and the figure of Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar will be the cynosure of all eyes, the organisers said.
Also, the tales of two other magical and mystical doll traditions that unfolds at Bombe Mane are the tale of Rati Manmatha and Chaitra Gauri in their doll incarnations. The doll tradition of Rati Manmatha is prevalent in Hubli and the neighbouring districts during Holi and Ranga Panchami. Also, Bellary, Koppal, Belgaum and parts of Maharashtra observe a month-long ‘vrata’ of ‘Chaitra Gauri’ or ‘Tottilu Gauri’.
“This is another remarkable doll tradition. Starting from the third day after Chandramana Ugadi until Akshaya Trithiya, the doll of Gauri is worshipped. The worship of nine mothers is an important aspect of Vasantha Navarathri, which is being highlighted through traditional Mysore paintings.
The release said the pith dolls of Assam; brightly wooden dolls of Varanasi, Mathura and Vrindavan; the man-woman or Dampati dolls of Tirupati; the Sikki grass dolls of Madhubani; the Kondapalli dolls which are made of a mixture of dung, sawdust on light wood and painted with bright earthly colours; cloth dolls of Pune and Bihar; stuffed animal toys of Madhya Pradesh; the terracotta horse figures of West Bengal; clay and pith dolls of Krishna Nagar, and the lacquered toys of Channapatna in Karnataka were some of the traditions.
The expo is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Prathima Gallery.