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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Making of Kokeshi Dolls


In the video, Yasuo Okazaki woodturns solid blocks into the head and body using just a few tools. Okazaki’s “Naruko” style of making the dolls.

This is similar to the Channapatna lathe turned wooden dolls. Lathe turned crafts were not unlnown to India and Indian artists. We can still see hand-turned wooden game-counters and other highly artistic wooden utensils created in this craftform in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Massive chlorite schist pillars with beautiful rings in the Hoysala temples are proof of lathe turning techniques using elephants.

Mysore Maharaja sent artists from Mysore to Japan to learn modern process of wooden turning (As seen in the video) before 1950s. Upgrading their skills, artists returned to Mysore and taught the same to local artisans and set up small units to manufacture. 

Artist M.J. Shuddodhana was one of the artists who was sent to Japan and later he worked in Channapatna for a few years. At Channapatna, Shuddodhana invited two of his best students - G.L.N. Simha and another person to embellish the products with paintings.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bombe Mane 2015 - Inauguration

11th edition of Bombe Mane was inaugurated by Honourable Member of Parliament for Mysuru and Kodagu, Sri Prathap Simha on 25 September 2015, Friday at 6.45 pm at Pratima Gallery, Mysuru. Dr. D. Veena Kumari I.Po.S., Director, Postal Training Centre, Mysuru inaugurated the special display section.

Following are few glimpses from the event.

Smt. Reetha Singh welcomes Hon'ble MP Prathap Simha with a bouquet of flowers

Smt. Harineeta Singh welcomes Dr. D. Veena Kumari by presenting a bouquet

MP Prathap Simha inaugurates Bombe Mane 2015 by lighting the lamp. L-R: Sri D. Ram Singh, Dr. Veena Kumari, Smt. Harineetha Singh, Sri Prathap Simha, Sri Raghu Dharmendra. Little daughter of Sri Simha looks on.

Dr. D. Veena Kumari inaugurates the special display section of Bombe Mane 2015 by lighting lamps

Sri Rohan Singh, Smt. Harineeta Singh and Dr. D. Veena Kumari at Bombe Mane

Sri Prathap Simha presenting his views about Bombe Mane to journalists

A token of appreciation by Sri D. Ram Singh

A token of appreciation by Smt. Harineeta Singh

L-R: Smt. Harineeta Singh, Dr. D. Veena Kumari, Sri Prathap Simha, Sri Ajay Singh, Smt. Reetha Singh and Sri D. Ram Singh

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Bombe Mane in Newsgram

Bombe Mane has been featured on Newsgram.

Please click on the following link to read the same.

http://www.newsgram.com/bombe-habba-the-beautiful-festival-of-dolls/

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Dolls of 2015

It is a constant endeavour at Ramsons Kala Pratishtana to design new dolls and introduce them during Bombe Mane. We chose the subjects relevant to Mysuru. This year we have designed following dolls.

Yashoda Krishna based on Mysuru style painting


Yediyuru Siddalingeshwara based on Mysuru style painting

Dollu Kunita created as Kondapally Dolls

Veerabhadra Kunita or Veeragase in the form of Kondapally Dolls

Saptamatrikas based on Mysore style paintings. From L-R: Brahmi on Swan, Maheshwari on Bull, Kaumari on Peacock, Vaishnavi on Garuda, Varahi on Buffalo, Indrani on Airavata and Chandika on Lion
Utsavamurthy of Lord Cheluvarayaswamy and consorts during the Vairamudi Utsava. This doll has been created in paper mesh and the reference being a Mysuru style painting.

The paper mesh doll of Devi Chamundeshwari as present in the sanctum atop Chamundi Hill shrine.

Paper mesh doll of Kalale Kaivalya Devi based on the Mysuru style painting

Bombe Mane 2015 - Invitation



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bombe Mane 2015 - Brochure



Devi or the Supreme Feminine in her universal form as 'Shakti' is revered during Navaratri. First nine nights and ten days of autumn are the time to extoll the exploits of the Divine Mother and her retinue of fearsome goddesses who decimate the mighty and loathsome Mahishasura, his dreaded generals and their havoc wreaking minions. Sapta Matrikas (seven mother goddesses) are part of Devi's retinue and they have been vividly described by sage Markandeya in the Devi Mahatmya. Worship of these seven goddesses is at the heart of the traditional Dasara celebration of Mysuru.

Devi is also venerated as the mother in Sanatana Dharma. As Yashoda she is seen nurturing baby Krishna while she also punishes the wayward ones in her incarnation as Sapta Matrikas. Both these aspects of mother have been created as dolls with traditional Mysuru style paintings as reference; these dolls will be unveiled at the eleventh edition of 'Bombe Mane.'

Durga Saptashati describes Sapta Matrikas originating from the forehead of Devi Ambika. Leaping out, slaying millions of Asuras they create chaos and obliterate the negative forces. In the form of dolls, these goddesses are seen seated on their respective mounts with a benign smile; they are ready to be placed on the doll steps and receive the veneration of doll lovers.

Worship of Sapta Matrikas and for that matter any Hindu ritual worship (Puja) is incomplete without an offering of Tamboola. The tradition of Tamboola or Paan is ubiquitous in India. In ancient India, a Paan-Daan or the betel-leaf box was perhaps the most important household article next only to the hearth; these were once used to be an integral part of the post-meal siesta or just a convivial way of spending an evening with family and friends.

Partaking 'Paan' is a romantic interlude for couples. The husband and wife leaning back on the couch after a meal, the lady preparing the Paan and giving it to her husband as talk turns into gentle flirtations and then the crunch of the paan as both savor the juicy reddish betel quid.

Bombe Mane has brought Tamboola tradition under limelight to create awareness about the healthy benefits of chewing Paan in its original form.

In addition to dolls of Yashoda Krishna and Sapta Matrikas, the design wing of Ramsons Kala Pratishtana has brought out a few more new additions. The clay set of Yediyuru Siddalingeshwara is based on Mysuru style painting. The wooden dolls of Veerabhadra Kunita and Dollu Kunita can be added to the collection of Jamboo Savari Procession. Many varieties of miniature waterfalls made in terracotta are an added attraction. The model of Crawford Hall is a tribute to the hallowed University of Mysuru celebrating its centenary. Busts of Maharajas have been crafted in plaster-of-Paris.

Dasara is the time when not only people but also dolls from across the country make a beeline to Mysuru. Hordes of dolls have already mobbed Bombe Mane. Here, every stand, shelf, nook and corner have been picketed by endearing dolls. The allure of these dolls is magic indeed. Come, be a witness to their lovable form, honest smile and twinkling eyes. Come, to 'Bombe Mane.'

Friday, October 24, 2014

Special Display 1 - Dances of India


Most visitors to Bombe Mane went ga ga over this special display section depicting a selection of classical dance forms of India and the Navarasa. The stuffed cloth dolls emoting and in various dance postures captured many a hearts. The huge bronze Nataraja in the centre lorded over the doll dancers.