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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bombe Mane 2018 Inauguration

L-R: Artist Sri B.P. Ramakrishna, Curator of Bombe Mane Sri Raghu Dharmendra, Chairman of Ramsons Kala Pratishtana Sri D. Ram Singh and Chief Guest Dr. Tulasi Ramachandra

Dr. Tulasi Ramachandra appreciating a doll

Dr. S. Bhaskar, the special invitee, with his classmate and friend Sri D. Ram Singh

Unveiling of the special display section 1

Special display section 1 - Badami Banashankari

Dr. S. Bhaskar unveils the Special display section 2 - Birth centenary of Jaya Chamaraja Wadiyar

Special display section 3 - Devi Aradhana by Jaya Chamaraja Waidyar

Special display section 4 - Durga Pujo Pandal of Kolkata

Dr. Tulasi Ramachandra inaugurates 14th edition of Bombe Mane by lighting the lamp

Felicitations to artist Sri B.P. Ramakrishna by Dr. S. Bhaskar

Felicitations to artist Sri K.S. Shreehari

Felicitations to artist Sri Manish Verma

Artists with the dignitaries

Smt. R. Kaladevi, Trustee, RKP, is seen felicitating the Chief Guest Dr. Tulasi Ramachandra

A token of friendship by Sri D. Ram Singh to the Special Invitee, Dr. S. Bhaskar
Date: 21-09-2018. Friday. 6.30 pm
Venue: Pratima Gallery, 1 Floor, Above Aamrapali Sarees, Nazarbad Main Road, Mysuru 570010

Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 Bombe Mane



It was in the year 2005 that Ramsons Kala Pratishtana organised it's first doll exhibition 'Bombe Mane' to celebrate the doll festival and support indigenous craft forms. In this 14th edition of Bombe Mane we have brought the regular round-up of dolls from across the country along with new additions aplenty.

Paintings of Raja Ravivarma have come alive in dolls that have been crafted in papier machie. Miniature dioramas depicting various from Mahabharata like Escape from Lakshagruha, Panchali Swayamvara, the infamous game of dice, Draupadi Vastraharana, Pandavas in Agyatavasa, Kiratarjuneeya, humbling of Bheema, wedding of Abhimanyu-Uttara, Bheeshma on the bed of arrows – await to entice you. Other interesting additions include Bhadrachala Rama and Lakshmana, Ahobila Narasimha, Krishna Rukmini playing Pagaday, Ashta Varahi, Sapta Rishi, Samudra Manthana, Srinathji, Dwarakadheesh and Ganesha Bhojana. Ceramic dolls from Khurja, UP, have been added to the repertoire of Bombe Mane fulfilling the long standing demand of our patrons.

The special display section pays tribute to the famous Shakti temple of Karnataka – Badami Banashankari the patron goddess of Western Chalukyas. The faux fruits and vegetables from Kinhala and Krishnanagar will adorn the goddess who is also hailed as Shakambari. The other diorama brings alive the Durga puja pandal tradition from Kolkata; Devi Mahishamardini flanked by Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya also features Dakshina Kali, Radha, Krishna and Vishwakarma.

This year marks the birth centenary of H.H. Sir Jaya Chamarajendra Wadiyar Bahadur, the last Maharaja of the princely State of Mysuru. Bombe Mane commemorates this eventful occasion with old photographs, artefacts and specially commissioned Mysuru painting portraiture.

Keeping the commitment of presenting new ideas and themes, Bombe Mane has returned to play host to scores of dolls under one roof. Dolls with their frozen poses and bright colours are ready to serenade the child in you with their silent songs and lores.

Welcome to Bombe Mane.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Channapatna Dolls of Garudi Gombe


March seems to be the month when I am filled with lots of creative ideas and end up designing new dolls, board games, pawns and ideas for paintings to be commissioned. It was 28 March 2012, and I wanted to create some dolls that could be included in the Mysuru Dasara procession set.

Garudi Gombe (in Kannada, Garudi means 'magical' and Gombe is doll) are a pair of giant mobile dolls which participate in traditional processions including Dasara procession. Since these giant dolls  seem to be gliding over the ground, it looks magical for a child and hence the nomenclature.


This is a folk performance art wherein the performer (usually a tall man) gets within a huge bamboo upturned basket (the basket is taller than a man) with two holes through which he can see.  A giant papier-mache head (colourful and animated) is attached on the top of the basket. The basket acts as a big torso and will have two appendages of bamboo scaffolding on either side which looks like hands. The bamboo basket is covered over with gaudy, colourful clothes. The man, inside, holds up this giant doll-suit just slightly and walks or dances. For onlookers it seems like a giant doll has come alive and moving on its own. Garudi Gombe usually comes in a pair - man and wife. There can as well be a pandit, dwarf, joker and other characters.

I designed these dolls to be created in the lathe-turned wooden lacquerware craft form of Channapatna. Gyani (R.G. Singh) was delighted to see the design and complemented me for bright and attractive colour scheme. He later gave the design to Mr. B. Venkatesh who owns the Katerpillar, a doll-making company at Channapatna.
The design was probably forgotten and after 3-4 years Venkatesh finally created the dolls.
H.S. Dharmendra (Raghu) with the dolls designed by him
Nowadays others have copied this and have made cheaper versions of the same dolls in different colour combinations.

I used a slightly different version of this and created the logo for Bombe Mane.

Bombe Mane logo designed in August 2012
I made the man wear the traditional Dasara dress of a long coat with a typically draped uttareeya and a Mysuru turban while the lady wears a saree, a gatti thali (typical Mysuru necklace), upper ear ornaments (bugudi) and hair in a heavy side bun just like royal ladies of Mysuru.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Aadisi Nodu Beelisi Nodu Dolls - Daruma Dolls

Here's the video of the Aadisi Nodu Beelisi Nodu dolls

These dolls are also called as Daruma dolls styled on 'Bodhi Dharma' of China. This Bodhi Dharma was supposed to be a prince from South India who travelled to China and taught Kalaripayattu which became the Karate and he also taught Dhyana which became Zen meditation.

Following is a video of wooden Daruma doll pair of Mysore Man and Woman which was designed by me. This was created at Channapatna.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Deepa Soundarya 2017 Invite


Deepa Soundarya 2017

Deepa Soundarya 2017 was inaugurated by Prof. M. Krishnegowda, Retd. Principal, St. Philomena's College, Mysuru, on 5th October 2017 at 4.30 pm.


Keelu Gauri madeup as Sarvamangala































Aishwarya Lakshmi


Prof. M. Krishnegowda lights the lamp and inaugurates Deepa Soundarya exhibition



L-R: Sri Mahadevappa Past President, Bharat Vikas Parishad Bharadwaja Shakha (BVPBS), Prof. M. Krishnegowda, Dr. B.N. Ranganatha Rao, President, BVPBS, Sri D. Ram Singh, Chairman, Ramsons Kala Pratishtana and Sri Shetty.