Now comes the 5th step. This step has 2 scenes. The first scene is ‘Pittukku Man Sumandha Kadhai’. Well, during the reign of a particular Pandya King, the river Vaigai bulged with overflowing water and one male member was called from every household to get the water under control. And there was this particular old lady who had no son and no husband as well. This loner was surviving by selling ‘Pittu / Puttu’ – a rice powder delicacy of
The second scene is Raas Leela. The lover God Krishna is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is seen here with several Gopi’s.
On the 6th step is Thanjavur Thalaiyatti Chettiar and Chettichi Bommai. Chettiar is the merchant class of
On the 7th step is the elaborate scene of ‘Kanchipuram Garuda Sevai’. It’s an elaborate procession in the
Well, now that all the 7 steps are completed, lets move on to the side displays. On my study table, were these little figurines. The Puri Jagannath picture at the back is a gift from my dad’s friend who went on a pilgrimage to Puri Jagannath, Orissa. In the front of the pic, are two little statues of Lord Ganesha. The one on the left is Mumbai Styled one, and the one on the right is ‘Navadhanya Pillayar’ which is done with 9 different cereals and grains. On either sides are 2 penstands done with Inlay Work. Inlay Work is done by inlaying little coloured stones on marble. This is the work that is seen extensively in Taj Mahal, one of the Wonders on the World. On the right corner is another penstand that has the Miniature painting work of Rajasthan.
In the second step of my study table were these reptiles. A snake and a croc. Well, these are a particular African Wooden Wiggle Snake Art. This is done by attaching little pieces of wood to a piece of leather centrally placed. As you may see the whole croc and the snake can twist and turn almost like a real snake. The flexibility is so really amazing. Few of my friends do really get freaked out looking at this. I did a freaky thing when I bought this as well. I wore it around my neck as a stole and walked by my way home and people looked at me really amused and some really scared thinking I am wearing a real snake. Its movement is so real.
On the other side, is another side display that has several assorted dolls. This has a swing, a dressing table, a swan, a giraffe, a doll, a dog, a chair and table, an easy chair, and few more bead work. Again as I said in my previous post, these all are my mom’s 9th std works.
The Chinese Mask in the front is a lovely momento from my college for a performance of mine. The Taj, the slipper and the heart are my handwork in Papier Mache which I did a few years back. The little heads behind are Wooden pencil caps, again some handiworks from Thirupathi, Andhra Pradesh.
The 3 Baby Dolls behind those are from
The light brown head in front of it is made of M-Seal. This was the first ever M-Seal trial of Artist R.S. Jayadeep, who was my teacher and a good friend now. I love it. It just doesn’t look like a first trial. Detailed amazingly and intricately with wrinkles and every fold of skin, this is a treasure for me.
‘The Doves’, a little figurine in front of the Girl doll, is a gift from my school science teacher of 10th grade. It’s a gift when I got a centum in my 10th board exams in science. Again a treasure!!! There are a few gifts from my friends and several keychains. Well, am a crazy keychain collector.
That’s it. Today is the last day of Navarathri and I enjoyed every day of it with friends and neighbours and ‘Sundal’ and Dolls, above all!