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.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Chamundi Hill Miniature Model

This is the miniature model of Chamundi Hill in the scale 1:150. It is of the size 18"x 9"x 8" and can be covered over with acrylic box. The model contains the Chamundeshwari temple, statues of Mahishasura and Nandi. A winding road snakes along from bottom to the top carrying colourful vehicles.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Gauri on a Swing

Traditional Kinhala dolls claim a direct descent from the Vijayanagara doll makers. In fact, the doll village of Kinhala is located about 40-45 kms from Hampi, the erstwhile capital of Karnataka empire, the Vijayanagara. About 20-30 families of Chitragars (the name suggests them to be painters) in this tiny village still practice this enduring heritage of doll making.

This colourful doll depicts Goddess Parvati a.k.a. Gauri worshiping a Shivalinga encapsulated within her palms (shown as a black dot) and is seated on a swing. A gentle push rocks the swing back and fro. Kannada for swing is Uyyale and Tottilu means cradle. Even though the Gauri is seated on a swing and hence should be called as Uyyale Gauri, she is rather called as Tottilu Gauri.

The swing represents happiness, abandon and freedom. Traditionally, either a divine couple, or the child Krishna or a lone Parvati are shown seated on a swing. Thus this doll depicts a happy Gauri worshiping her beloved. Hence keeping this doll in the house brings happiness and prosperity.

This Kinhala doll of Tottilu Gauri is made of wood; it is 10 inches tall and 9 inches wide.