After two years of lull, Bengalureans have opened their homes to the public to view their doll display as part of Gombe Habba.
They exhibited old dolls but also modern installations. Such as Chandrika S Dutt, a resident of Bannerghatta Road. One of its showcases has the theme of transport. It has miniature bullock carts, bicycles, autorickshaws, scooters, bicycles, boats and planes, but also a safari jeep waiting to transport people around a zoo, shares t -she.
Another exhibit is an ode to music composers such as Purandara Dasa, Thyagaraja and Shyama Shastri and features tiny instruments. Ashtalakshmi, Shiva Parvati with their family, philosophers like Madhvacharya, Ramanujacharya and Shankaracharya, and Russian dolls sit on other shelves.
Rajajinagar resident Padma B Udayakumar has been exhibiting dolls for 35 years. She has dedicated two rooms to show her collection, the last of which is a tribute to the traditional Indian games we played as children. Twenty outdoor and indoor games are on display – lagori, kabaddi, kho kho, buguri, goli, hulikuri atta, chess, ludo, kunte bale, chowka bara, tic tac toe, cricket, among others.
“It took me more than two months to get them,” she says. Among the traditional dolls, she added a Rama set and a collection of miniature silver dolls, which she “locked away to preserve them for generations”. The exhibit also includes kitchen utensils and Channapatna dolls.
Her oldest dolls are at least 150 years old, a pair of brass Pattada Gombe, passed down from her grandmother. She also has a wooden heirloom pair.
Around 400 terracotta, plaster of Paris and clay dolls are on display at Krupa Sunil along the main road in Uttarahalli. She has exhibited dolls for Gombe Habba for 14 years and this year’s theme is Mysuru. It features replicas of Mysore Palace, Dasara Procession and Chamundi Hill. A village exhibition and wedding with luncheon scenes are other attractions.
‘Vaikunta Dwara’ (the gate to the inner sanctum of the Lord) is another sight where Lord Vishnu is seated in the kshirasamudra (the mythological ocean of milk). “I did the doors myself,” she informs.
Sundar MN, a resident of RR Nagar, exhibited around 250 dolls from his collection of almost three decades and 30 new dolls.
The Brahmotsavam set represents the various forms that Sri Srinivasa assumes every day in Tirumala during the Navratri festival and “the vahanas on which he rides in the temple street”.
The Lalithambika set is a representation of Sri Lalitha Parameshwari as explained in the scriptures Devi Bhagavatam and Lalita Sahasranamam. “I combined the set with navadurgas (nine forms of Durga) to represent different forms of ‘Shakthi’,” he says. A Dasara procession, ashtalakshmi (eight forms of Lakshmi), dashavatara (ten avatars of Vishnu) and the song “Vivaha Bhojanambu” from the movie “Mayabazar” were also assembled.
Similarly, HBR layout resident Ranjani Srinivasan put up a traditional display.
“Nava Narasimha, Nava Shayanam, Bhramotsavam, Nachiyar Tirukolam (when Vishnu adorns Lakshmi’s jewelry and dresses as Nachiyar (Mohini)) are important scenes,” she says.
Other collections include Gokulam, Bala kanda, Ayodhya kanda, Aranya Kanda, Sundar kanda, the 12 Alwars, the Siddhars, Guru parampara and Mantralaya Brindavana.
A roadtrip on SH17
Fifteen teachers from Sankalpa Kindergarten, Vijayanagar, hand-crafted a presentation of a road trip along Bengaluru-Mysuru flyover SH17. You can see Vidhana Soudha, Cubbon Park, UB City, Namma Metro, Chinnaswamy Stadium and the Bangalore Towers here, says school principal Jyothi Chetan.
Renukamba Thatte Idli store in Bidadi, silk cocoons in Ramanagara, wooden toys in Channapatna, Ambegalu Krishna temple and Maddur vade in Maddur, sugar cane farms and rice paddies in Mandya, a bridge to Srirangapatna, and the Dasara procession and zoo in Mysuru make up the rest of the setup.
The exhibition is open to visitors until October 8.