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A Collector's delight


Around this time each year in Bangalore, a vast multitude gravitates towards the Ulsoor Lake area and homes in on the Gangadhar Chetty Road behind RBANMS Grounds. No, it's not the annual fair they've come to enjoy. In this throng, the merely curious rub shoulders with excited collectors; ardent devotees jostle each other for a darshan of their dearest deity.

All who visit, for whatever reason, leave with a sense of blessing and fulfilment.

“Celebrating Ganesha”, Eka's acclaimed annual tribute to the God of All Things, is back.

On display this year will be amazing representations of Lord Ganesha in a range of media that includes metal, stone, wood, ceramic, cold ceramic, fibre, resin, silver enamel, sand, clay and more.

One of India's most widely worshipped deities, Ganesha is revered, adored and loved by millions.

The creator of the universe, the lord of spirituality, he is the one who bestows blessings and removes obstacles.

Transcending boundaries of sect and caste, even barriers of religion and geography, Ganesha's being is so vast that he cannot be represented by any single concept.

He is therefore portrayed in myriad forms.

Eka's “Celebrating Ganesha” Festival has grown to become an eagerly anticipated event in the city, drawing thousands of both collectors and devotees.

Since their first exhibition in 2000, the Festival has been the highlight of their calendar and an occasion for which they devote the whole year planning and sourcing.

And every year their collection gets more refined, exquisite and varied. The collection features traditional, contemporary, tribal and modern art forms.

Notable this year are Ganeshas crafted as re-cycled art using clay, Ganeshas crafted from bottle gourds, Ganeshas etched as slate art and a limited edition designer series of Ganesha mugs.

What makes the exhibition truly unique and exotic is its rustic setting amidst Eka's eclectic collection of ethnic Indian furniture, art objects, home décor and jewellery. The Celebrating Ganesha Festival is on till Wednesday 15 {+t} {+h} September 2010.

Located at 19 Gangadhar Chetty Road, opposite RBANMS Grounds and near the Ulsoor Lake, Eka is open on all days from 10am to 8pm.

Their telephone numbers are 25544371 and 25540876.

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