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Crafted with creativity

`Paramparik Karigar', an exhibition of crafts, beckons Chennai-ites to take a piece of heritage home


COLOUR AND creativity greet the eye at `Paramparik Karigar', a craft exhibition that is on in the city at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Greames Road. Showcasing the skills of `paramparik karigars' or `ustaads' through a breathtaking variety of crafts, the exhibition is part of a movement to keep India's craft heritage alive.

On show are finely executed kalamkari and wood carvings, bronze and stone sculptures, iron craft and dhokraware, besides an eye-catching range of textiles.

Intricately delineated Mithila paintings in different sizes and vibrant hues, tribal art from Orissa, the bold lines of Phad art from Rajasthan and dhokraware artefacts from Bastar in the form of wall hangings, hair clips, door knobs and coat hangers, are a testimony to fine workmanship.

The Sholapith flowers and malas from West Bengal, the Pattamadai reed mats, the palm leaf etchings from Orissa and the brilliant Kalamkari panels are not just attractive, they're affordable too.

Just pick up anything you fancy, be it a vegetable-dyed Chennapatna rattle, a small stone sculpture, an exquisite Swamimalai bronze, a Paithani sari, a Bagru block-printed tussar or a tiny Ayyanar figurine, each artefact is a winner.

The exhibits are the creations of national awardees and master-craftspersons such as Suresh Bhagmare, Jaydev Bhagel, Anant Malakar, Gurappa Chetty and Ibrahim Bibi.

`Paramparik Karigar' is on till December 12.

PUSHPA CHARI

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