Tales toys tell
The Gods... colourful and awesome.
KOLU TOYS in feisty colours and finery tell tales from mythology and folk history at exhibitions all over the city. The mood is festive and the themes magical, almost as though the doll maker has crafted his creation in joyous abandon. And one can pick up anything from enormous brightly painted Krishnas and Rama Sita pairs to feather-light Chennapatna birds, animals and exquisitely made Krishnanagar clay toy sets.
There are special Kolu theme sets too in clay and wood celebrating the wedding tableaux, Rama's coronation, Krishna Leela, Lakshmi and Durga puja etc. Each theme carries forward the whole ethos of a culture represented by the toys.
The Kolu Dolls exhibition at Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan (No. 866, Anna Salai) is a celebration of papier mache, clay and wood. While Krishnanagar adivasi and band sets charm with their exquisite detailing and realism, the Chennapatna toys catch the eye with a harmonious blend of colour and delicate craftsmanship. The papier mache icons and dolls dominate with their size and sheer exuberance of colours, while the theme clay toys, though they lack finesse, express the kolu spirit.
The SIPA Craftlinks (No. 70, Kodambakkam High Road) and Poompuhar (Anna Salai) Kolu Dolls exhibition have a distinctive collection of hand- crafted toys. Poompuhar has a very fine display of large-sized Krishna Nagar clay dolls representing men and women at work as well as porcelain finish Plaster of Paris dolls in the European fashion. Also on display are terracotta, Chennapatna birds and animals and well finished papier mache dolls.
A blend of imagination and aesthetics...
SIPA's Craftslink's exhibition focusses on cloth, ceramic, wooden and clay toys. Some interesting new concepts will also be on display.
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