Novelty, variety describe doll show at Mysuru

Novelty, variety describe doll show at Mysuru

Mysureans have a rare opportunity to have a glimpse of one lakh dolls displayed under one roof at Jaganmohan Palace during Dasara this year. The month-long doll show named ‘Jaganmohanam’ is being organised by Gayatri Seva Trust from Andhra Pradesh and will be held up to November 10.

‘Gombe Habba,’ the festival of dolls, is a very unique tradition practised during Dasara, especially in South India, said A R K Chakravarthy, of the Trust. Speaking to DH, he said the organisation, for the first time, decided to venture out of Andhra Pradesh to display its huge collection of dolls. Hailing from Tenali, the eight-member team has been arranging the dolls on the premises, which will be open for the public from October 10.

Chakravarthy expressed gratitude to Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, member of the erstwhile royal family, for providing the venue free of cost.

“We chose Mysuru as it is considered one of the Shaktipeethas by the devotees and also because of its heritage culture. The dolls serve as a medium to express historical and mythological stories to the common man. The collection, which started as a hobby, has turned into a passion,” he said.

There are different sizes of dolls from half-an-inch to three feet and it was very difficult to transport the dolls to Mysuru. They had displayed the dolls in Tenali and have found a place in the Telugu Book of Records, said Rajashri, one of the team members. The tradition of doll arrangement is on the wane nowadays, she regretted. The exhibition is an effort to revive interest in the art, Rajashri said.

The dolls here depict episodes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata, besides gods and goddesses. The dolls have been brought from Tamil Nadu.

A collection of Ganesha dolls, those depicting scenes from the Shivapurana, Vishnupurana, Bhagavatham, Devipurana, Krishna Leela, rural and folk culture, saints of India, different dance forms of India, musical instruments, brides and grooms of India, ceremonies of Hindus, Channapatna dolls, dolls from Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal are part of the collection.