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Dazzling dolls

Photo: S. Thanthoni

A part of the display.

A kolu dolls exhibition lights up the Navarathri festive season with colour and verve. Adapting traditional skills and a gamut of conventional and innovative mediums, crafts persons across South India have created a range of dolls in clay, terracotta, ceramic, etc. The CP Art Centre's Vennirul Art Gallery presents a fascinating range of dolls traditional craftspersons from Kondapalli, Kolkata and so on. The skills and formats present a dazzling sight especially the Kondapalli toys, which are very artistically conceived. The Kondapalli section represents the best in India's toy making traditions.

Also on view are the Etikopakka toys, animal forms and so on. A colourful section of clay toys, dolls, rural vignettes and wedding scenes present a charming sight, full of vitality. Krishna Leela scenes with Rajasthani and Manipuri costumed dancers made out of wool and wood are an innovative addition to the kollu scene.

The exhibition is on till September 30 at CP Art Centre, Vennirul Art Gallery, 1 Eldams Road, Alwarpet.

PUSHPA CHARI

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