By Shreelatha Nayak
Mangalore, October 14: Exhibiting the rich collection of dolls that showcase the culture, lifestyle and traditions that prevailed in Old Mysore provinces during Navaratri festival has gained recognition since long time. Even today there are many families in Mysore and Bangalore who display a wonderful array of dolls and invite friends and relatives to their houses to have a look at their dolls. These families tastefully put together various dolls which they have either bought or were gifted to them on the occasion of Navaratri. This rich tradition, though has not got a firm footage in the coast, still there are a few families that take interest in holding such displays.
A similar kind of exhibition ‘Mysore Dasara doll show,’ was organized by ‘Nammavaru’ an organization of the natives of Old Mysore residing in Mangalore at Sri Raghavendra Swami Mutt in the city on Wednesday, October 13, attracting considerable number of visitors and providing wide opportunity for the Mangaloreans to feel the same happiness and joy of Mysore Dasara. Dolls made of glass, terracotta, cloth, marble powder and clothes were displayed. The models of Chamundi hills, Mahishasura, Dashavathara, chariots, rathas, Palanquin were some of the religious articrafts displayed at the venue. The procession of chariots and the happy faces of the dolls exhibited gave a soothing feeling to the visitors, as the dolls radiate charm, energy and happiness.
Apart from this, little children who came to see the display were given ‘Bombe Bagina,’ the smaller version of sweet dishes like ‘jilabis’ and other eateries.
Channapatna near Bangalore is known for its wooden toys. Tanjavoor and Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu too have huge doll-making industries that make dolls out of several raw materials, even though mostly, the doll-making has remained a cottage industry at most of the places.