The world under a roof

Traditional display

The world under a roof

Dasara is that time when the beauty of dolls comes to play. Whether they are homemade ones or purchased from stores, many in the City are decorating their homes to make a vibrant display of dolls. Manjunath and Sandhya are one such couple who’ve made a huge space in their home to make the best use of the great collection of dolls that they have.

“We love travelling and make sure we go somewhere every year. And we also collect something that’s significant to that place to add to our doll collection. Some of our dolls include marble elephants from Delhi and camels from Rajasthan,” shares the couple. But their latest pride of possession is a miniature version of the Mysore Palace, which they light up in the evenings.

Sandhya says, proudly, “Every year during the ‘habba’, we come together as a family and put up a great display. Both my daughter and son are very enthusiastic to help, and this year I think they did a fabulous job.” They’ve displayed the ‘pattada bombe’ as part of the traditional pair of dolls representing Sri Vishnu and his consort, Lakshmi.    

The other dolls are arranged based on the theme. The bigger slotted angle steps contain only gods and goddesses with sub-themes like ‘Dashavatara’, ‘Ashta Lakshmi’, ‘Krishna Rasa Leela’, and ‘Benne Krishna’. “Though we have about 200 dolls on display, the icing on the cake is the set of dolls depicting the Dasara procession. They’ve been procured from the famed ‘Bombe Mane’ in Mysuru,” she shares. Their days are filled with a variety of religious rituals and they enjoy inviting their loved ones and neighbours to savour the delicacies that they prepare for lunch and dinner.

Sandhya says, “I think the best guests we’ve had are children as they are very curious to learn about the festival. They keep coming back for more.”  They have been celebrating the festival with a lot of grandeur for the past 12 years and are proud of their collection.
“We are also consciously aware of passing on this tradition to the younger generations,” they says.

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