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Divine splendour: The Navarathri ‘kolu’ exhibition-cum-sale is on at the Poompuhar showroom in Tiruchi.
Divine splendour: The Navarathri ‘kolu’ exhibition-cum-sale is on at the Poompuhar showroom in Tiruchi.

Staff Reporter

Sets of Lord Ganesha available in rich profusion

Highlights of the season are images of Lord Krishna

TIRUCHI: With Navarathri just round the corner, the ‘kolu’ padis of Poompuhar showroom of the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation in Tiruchirappalli are overflowing with kolu dolls, each courting their share of attention and narrating tales of mythological and folk history.

Display

Of all the 5,000-odd varieties on display, sets of Lord Ganesha, as always, outnumber the rest that have been arranged on display this year.

Dolls depicting mythological characters, dasavatharam sets, pattabishekam sets, Agaligai sets, Krishna leela, Garuda seva, Kuberan sets and Ashtalakshmi sets are in offer in a host of designs this year, for buyers who are expected to turn up in large numbers to make purchases.

The toast of the season is Lord Krishna – from Lord Krishna’s dance gopikas to sporty Krishna playing cricket – the sets come with an extra bout of creativity, bringing out the sublime nature of Divinity.

For those who are looking for folklore sets, there are a large number of choices. Also for the buyers of doll sets recreating cultural symbols such as music concert, procession of music band, evergreen ‘chettiyar’ dolls, Thanjavur dolls and ear-piercing ceremony.

Choices

One can pick up anything: wedding tableau, temple procession, doves, school children, granny narrating stories and culinary assortments.

Replicas of religious and national leaders and kitchen sets, an all-time favourite of kids, are on display.

Dolls made of papier mache vie for attention alongside their clay counterparts.

“This year’s hot attraction is ‘Radha Krishna Oonjal set’ and theme-based sets,” says K. Chidambaranadhan, manager of the showroom.

The rest of the dolls are the customary ones – Panchaloka idols, artistic plates from Thanjavur, brass lamps from Nachiyar Kovil, handwoven saris, pearl sets from Hyderabad, gems from Jaipur, leather products and bedspreads from Haryana. The exhibition is on till October 20.

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