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Temptation on rows: The kolu dolls on display at the exhibition organised by Poompuhar in Tiruchi on Saturday.
Temptation on rows: The kolu dolls on display at the exhibition organised by Poompuhar in Tiruchi on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

Idols of leaders from Calcutta this year add to the range

TIRUCHI: ‘Navarathiri’ is a festival dedicated to three important features – valour, wisdom and wealth. In turn, it signifies fine arts, culture, dance, music, ethics and values. It is a festival of dolls too.

Rightly cashing in on this vital aspect of ‘Navarathiri’ the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (Poompuhar) has organised a 23-day special exhibition on dolls. Special clay dolls from Kancheepuram, Thanjavur, Tiruvanaikovil, Calcutta and Chennai are among the new arrivals this year.

Dolls speak volumes about legends.

As a majority of sequences in a legend or in a domestic function pertain to a group of persons or gods, the ‘Poompuhar’ authorities have carefully chosen a specific collection of dolls to attract the customers. “Marriage set, Sri Rajeswari ‘durbar’ set, Sri Garudazhwar set, Tirupathi ‘uthsavam’ set are some of the important collections and each set is bound to suit the needs of the visitors,” says the Manager of Poompuhar, K. Chidambaranathan.

The ‘uriyadi’ set has three dolls, the ‘durbar’ set five, the ‘Vaikundam’ set 6, but what is interesting is the ‘Garudazhwar’ set which signifies special rituals with a large number of dolls, he says.

The ‘Garuda Vahanam’; ‘Yanai vahanam’ and ‘Sesha Vahanam’ are the important idols.

Idols of leaders have been brought from Calcutta for the first time this year.

The exhibition primarily aims at ensuring livelihood assistance to the artisans. “To achieve this goal, we have also stocked terracotta idols and lamps made by the women members of self-help groups, who are skilled in making the toys for generations,” he says.

The exhibition is open from 10. 00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. till September 26.

A sales target of Rs.7 lakh has been fixed for the current season and dolls worth Rs.10 lakh have been stocked.

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