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In celebration of Ganesa



One of the exquisitely carved Ganesa idols on display at the Cottage Industries of India. — Pic. by S. R. Raghunathan

GANESAS FOR all seasons. Exquisitely expressed in myriad avatars, mediums, hues and sizes, they captivate.

Spanning a spectrum, from enormous four feet bronze Swamimalai Ganesas to tiny sandalwood creations, each piece is an ode to the craftsperson's superb skills, ingenuity and creativity.

The Central Cottage Industries Emporium (Temple Towers, Nandanam, Anna Salai) has the most superbly crafted, variegated Ganesa collection of all.

Especially created for the occasion is a matchless sandalwood Ganesa reclining on a `takht.' Fantastic carving and minute detailing distinguish this collector's item.

National award winner Bharany's tiny sandalwood Ganesas are so intricately created that one can make out the folds of the dhoti, the flowers strewn on the fabric, the vibrant expression on the face and so on.

The Central Cottage Industries Emporium's `Ganesh Darshan' exhibition (on till month-end) showcases sandalwood and marble idols, and from Jaipur there are some beautifully painted small Ganesas under chatris as well as jewel-like minakari pieces.

Serpentine and soft-stone Ganesas from Pondicherry, jade and coral Vinayakas and Swamimalai bronze ones are also on view. Large, painted mango wood pieces from Tamil Nadu make colourful idols.

RAASI, (1 Anna Avenue, Bhaktavatchalam Nagar) has the best Thanjavur and glass paintings of Ganesa, apart from a very attractive range of wooden, carved and painted idols from Kallakurchi.

Ranging from small (9') to large sizes (24'), the vividly coloured wood pieces sparkle in orange, green, silver and gold. Each of RAASI's Thanjavur and glass paintings is a gem whether it depicts a `Panchamukha Ganesa' or the God in profile.

For those looking for Ganapati on canvas and paper in both traditional and modern art mode, a visit to The Art Gallery, C. P. Art Centre, Eldams Road, is a must.

The Ganesa paintings have been done by Asian Contemporary Art and add new perspectives to Ganesa darshan.

PUSHPA CHARI

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