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On display: Kolu idols at the Poompuhar showroom in Erode.
On display: Kolu idols at the Poompuhar showroom in Erode.

Staff Reporter

Around 2,000 dolls have been specially arranged; expo is on till October 20

ERODE: A pretty old man whose hairlines have given way to the scalp sits next his wife. The woman stares at the man, who in acknowledgement nods his head.

Right next to this cute, aged couple is a marriage ceremony, where the bride and bridegroom sit in front of the fire.

Accompanying the couple are the priest, relatives and other paraphernalia that go with a wedding.

Right above the couple are a host of gods - all the 10 incarnations of Vishnu, which appears as if the gods shower blessings on the newly wed.

These and other colourful, eye-catching dolls are at the kol’ exhibition at the Government sales showroom, Poompuhar, on Mettur Road, Erode.

Branch Manager of the showroom K. Arumugam says that around 2,000 dolls have been specially arranged for the exhibition. The dolls, made of clay and paper mache, are the latest the showroom has got for the 10-day kolu festival, part of the ‘navarathri’.

He says a doll can be purchased for as low as Rs. 40. The costliest one is Rs. 1,400. The exhibition is on till October 20. And, as part of the festival gift, each doll carries a discount of 10 per cent.

Mr. Arumugam says purchase of dolls will help artisans, whose livelihood is dependent on sale of such dolls.

Further details can be had from 0424-2254885.

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