Did you buy dolls for display during Dasara? We did over the weekend.
We happened to pass by in Jayanagar in Bangalore and saw two places displaying dolls in a make shift place outside their show room. "Raga" and "Tarang" are two well known handicrafts showrooms in the area. Browsing through the dolls on display, we were fascinated by the variety and colours. Kondapalli toys were cynosure of the exhibition. Handmade and vibrant coloured these wooden toys are priceless. Then there were traditional dolls of different deities made of clay. This year, we also saw the toys from North India with its colourful costumes.
|Dolls on display. the ones in the middle row are Kondapalli toys|
|Colourful clay dolls|
|Dolls dressed in North Indian costumes|
Dasara starts tomorrow. It is an occasion to celebrate the victory of good over evil. An unique country like India with myriad traditions and cultures has many Dasaras celebrated in different ways.
In South Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, display of dolls is part of Dasara celebration. A tradition started during the times of Vijaynagar empire in 14th century, it still continues. As kids we used to visit neighbouring houses to check out the dolls displayed and also partake with the lovely snacks that were given to us!
We wish you all a very happy and colourful Dasara!
Why don't you add some colour to home this time with these lovely dolls?
You may be interested to read other posts related to Dasara in this blog
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