Keeping the tradition alive

Dasara Golus

Keeping the tradition alive

Marching ahead: Displaying Dasara Golus during the ten days of the festival has been an annual traditional affair for Mythili Ramesh, a resident of Kormangala in Bangalore.

But this does not apply to Mythili Ramesh, a resident of Koramangala, who, for the past six years has diligently kept a tradition alive: The tradition of displaying Dasara Golus (dolls) in her house every year during the 10-days of the festival.

“The uniqueness of the Golu is that they are handmade and made over a period of several years by her mother and mother-in-law,” says Mythili. To make these exquisite handmade dolls, first the image of the dolls is drawn on the cloth which is later cut out and stuffed with straw and cotton. This gives a body structure of the dolls which is then adorned with clothes and jewellery.

On an average it takes 4 to 5 days to complete one doll and Mythili’s mother has made 35 such dolls.

Like every year, this year too Mythili has chosen Bhagavad Gita as the theme for the Golus’ display. Several scenes from the various chapters of Gita are depicted through these dolls.

Another attraction is the dolls of Hindu gods from different states depicting the festivals of India namely Pongal, Maatu Pongal, Onam, Navarathiri, Diwali, Krishna Jayanthi, Vinayaka Chathurthi, all made with a combination of dolls and painting.

Even neighbours of Mythili wait anxiously for every Dasara to see the display and  appreciate her efforts to keep the tradition alive.

Everyday 10-15 people visit her house, chant shlokas and take tamboolam back with them. One of the neighbours says that these dolls create a joyful environment and are a source of positive energy.

Other than these beautiful dolls, Mythili also makes colourful rangoli images of Hindu gods like Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Raja Rajeshwari, Krishna, Vinayaka and Anandasayanam.

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