Colourful icons in terracotta, gun metal and papier mache. Pics. by M. Moorthy.
AN ALL India Crafts Fair organised by ``Srushti" brings together eye-catching quality crafts of many hues and shapes from distant parts of the country.
Against the backdrop of a mela ambience, with its exuberant craft vitality and variety, the exhibition showcases handicrafts ranging from Swamimalai's bronzes created by master craftsperson, L. Radhakrishnan, to excellent neem and mango wood cut-pieces, Madhubani and Patachitra panels, a huge variety of block prints, yardage and saris, brassware from Moradabad, semi-precious stone jewellery and much more.
Among the Swamimalai bronzes on display are many masterpieces such as the six-feet tall impeccably crafted Natarajas and a beautiful Dhanvantari specially created for the exhibition by Radhakrishnan.
The woodcuts too are of excellent quality and craftsmanship, especially the intricately sculpted and painted wall panels depicting scenes from mythology.
An excellent collection from all over the country... at the Crafts Fair.
Carved wood table bases, chairs etc. are also available at the Crafts Fair. The wide range of terracotta items from many parts of India makes a compelling impression.
The terracotta items from Gorakhpur include oil lamps, diyas, animal forms, and so on, while Bengal's exquisitely worked terracotta tableaux remind one of Bishnupur's famous terracotta panels.
Among other colourful items on display are papier mache artefacts, dolls etc., bell metal lamps and kuthuvilakkus, painted brass flower vases and knick knacks from Moradabad as well as Hyderabad's gun metal icons and artefacts.
Small but unusual gift items add a touch of class to the Crafts Fair.
The artistic prowess defies description...
Naga embroidered bags and purses along with cane and bamboo artefacts, mugs, etc. bring in the craft flavour of the North East, while Saharanpur's fretwork wooden boxes and Karnataka's rosewood items as well as Madhubani paintings invest gift-giving with a special craft touch. The Fair also has textiles from many parts of India including table and bed linen.
The All India Crafts Fair, which is on at Corporation Community Hall, C. P. Ramaswamy Road, Alwarpet, ends on April 15.
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