KARNATAKA

Cauvery showcases arts, crafts

ADMIRING: Actor Radhika Pandit looking at a work of art at the exhibition at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore on Tuesday.

ADMIRING: Actor Radhika Pandit looking at a work of art at the exhibition at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Staff Reporter

Exhibition by Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation begins

BANGALORE: Showcasing the diverse aspect of Indian culture to the audience in Bangalore — ranging from simple crafts to intricate carvings — is the exhibition of arts and crafts, organised by the Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited (KSHDCL), popularly known as Cauvery.

Apart from the trademark sandalwood handicrafts of Cauvery and bronze statues, the 10-day exhibition at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath showcases handicrafts made by artisans from all over the country. The range of handicrafts includes textiles such as silk saris, Lucknowi Kurthis, and jewellery made not just from terracotta and precious stones but also from paddy. Other art works showcased include Worli folk art, Tanjore painting and exquisitely crafted handicrafts made from Kashmiri walnut wood.

60 artisans

G. Muniswamy, General Manager (Marketing), KSHDCL, said: “Apart from Karnataka, 60 artisans from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Orissa, Bihar and other States have come here to display their handicrafts.” Artisans are allowed to market their works directly to customers, which not only helps artisans to understand consumer preferences but also eliminates middlemen, he said.

“From the vegetable dye to the paper used, everything is organic and handmade and will last for generations. Themes in the paintings can include nature, festivals and even popular folk tales,” says Ashok Kumar Das, a Madhubani mural artiste, who is displaying his works.

Wide range

Another art form that is sure to catch the eye, are the scrolls of palm leaves engraved with stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Uma Ramkrishna, a regular patron of Cauvery said, “Cauvery as always has presented a wide range of crafts here. The bead work, in particular is really nice.”

Bringing back the nostalgia of Ganesh Chaturthi, which concluded recently, the exhibition pays homage to the elephant god by showcasing idols and paintings in various sizes and myriad colours, made out of terracotta and bronze.

Admiring the exhibition after inaugurating it on Tuesday, film actor Radhika Pandit said, “The exhibition is really colourful and the various facets of Indian creativity displayed here is simply amazing. This exhibition is not just for women; it has clothes, wall hangings, paintings, toys, idols and furniture. So there is something for everybody.”

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