KARNATAKA

Promoting traditional handicrafts

Special Correspondent

MYSORE: Poompuhar's (Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation) crafts mela is on at the Nanjaraja Bahadur Choultry here.

Poompuhar is the only State-owned handicrafts corporation that has the expertise to execute projects such as gold, silver and wooden chariots, and dwajasthambas.

Projects

It has executed projects such as golden chariots for Lord Balaji and Kapaleshwar temple at Mylapore in Chennai. It has also executed several projects of temples at Kalahasti, Vembulawada and Sri Sailam.

On display at the crafts mela are exotic works and collections ranging from brass oil lamps and bronze icons, wooden carvings and rosewood inlay products, stone carvings and brass sheet metal products in addition to traditional items such as perfumery and agarbathi.

Objective

The main objective of the corporation is to promote handicrafts and provide marketing mechanism to artisans of the State by way of organising exhibitions. The exhibition in Mysore is part of this endeavour.

Discount

There is a special discount of 10 per cent on all items apart from live demonstration of select crafts.

The exhibition will end on March 20.