Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Familiar scenes from mythology, Lord Ganesha in various avatars, several other deities and figurines of Mahatma Gandhi, Tiruvalluvar and Subramanya Bharatiyar vie with one another for attention at the Poompuhar Kolu Toys Fair at the Anna Salai showroom.

Over 1,000 ‘kolu’ toys ranging from tiny miniature items to three to four feet icons have been produced using bright colours in clay, terracotta, papier-mâché, plaster of Paris, stone, wood, wax and ceramics. Some of the toys are from Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Kolkata, New Delhi and Chennapatna.

The toys are categorised into 36 sets such as Ramar, Asthalakshmi, village, arupadi vedu, girivalam, Dashavatharam, cricket, Mamallapuram, Tirupathi and Kuberan, among others. Fruits and vegetables made of clay and wax are also part of the display. These toys are priced from Rs.50 to Rs.12,000.

“We are recording brisk sales,” said R. Selvakumar, manager of the Anna Salai Branch of Poompuhar. Handicrafts Secretary R. Rajagopal said Poompuhar sold toys worth Rs. 20-25 lakh every year, this year too the sales target remained the same. The fair is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., including Sundays.

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