Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Quilled Thanjavur Thalayatti Bommai

Dear Friends,

Navaratri - The word Navaratri means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Shakti/Devi are worshiped. The tenth day is commonly referred to as Vijayadashami or "Dussehra" (also spelled Dasara). Navratri is an important major festival and is celebrated all over India.

Navaratri is a time when many homes in the southern states of India—parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala—feast on colors, light, music, and food. Visitors are greeted with gleaming dolls, colorful Kolam (Rangoli; that is, floor decoration), lighted lamps, and traditionally dressed women and girls chanting slokas and singing. Traditionally, all family members participate in creating the durbar or assembly of Goddess Durga, which contains a multitude of idols of gods, goddesses, men, animals, and businessmen. This is presented in every house in the form of Golu. 

Bommai (Doll) Golu is the artistic display of dolls on numbered tiers or steps, usually made of wood. The nine steps represent the nine days of Navaratri. Traditionally, a few top steps include idols of gods and a kalash (ceremonial jar) with fresh water, covered with a coconut and mango leaves. The next few steps have idols of saints and heroes of the country. Another step represents human activities, depicting functions such as marriage, temples, and an orchestra or music band. Business is usually represented by the Chettiar set of dolls, with shop items and wooden dolls called Marapachi dressed in colorful clothes. Today, Golu has the thematic representation of ancient stories, depicting scenes from Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita, among others. It is a custom to add a few new dolls every year.

Tanjore dolls will definitely take a special place in the gollu.

Here is my Paper quilled Thanjavur Thalayatti bommai / quilled Tanjore doll

Tanjore Dancing Doll / Thanjavur Dancing Doll is one of the old, traditional, world famous Indian cultural Doll purely handmade doll with paper mache, wax / Lae , plaster of paris/cement, coloring agents,Clay, Cardboard. In Tamil language it is called as Thanjavur thalayatti bommai originated during 19th Century under King Saraboji’s reign.It has been given Geographical Indicator status by Government of India for its origin in culture rich Thanjavur.

This type of doll will welcomes you by shaking its head and its body like oscillating head. It will look like the girl is dancing.Its welcomes you by shaking its head and body like continuous oscillating. The beautiful movement of the doll’s head adds to its uniqueness. It is one of the unique traditional arts of Thanjavur . It is unique and only available in our Thanjavur/ Tanjore district. 

Fornightly contest theme at Indian Quilling Challenge group is to make 3d doll. This is my inspiration project.

Linking this to Curtain Call : October (Pink Colour)

Charisma cardz - Anything goes
Crafting by designs - Anything goes
Inky Impressions - Anything goes but a card

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  1. WOW looks simply stunning!! Especially the hairstyle-- super!!

  2. Oh wow. Amazing details on your lovely doll!

  3. Shylaa! This is unreal how beautiful!! I'm speechless.

  4. Love this doll so much Shylaa.. its so pretty cute..:)

  5. this is really cute......especially her accessories :)

  6. Wonderful work. Looks stunning. Love the smiling face.

  7. Wow incredible!! Love the detailing on this awesome work of creativity :)

  8. Wow...Beautiful creation....Shylaa...

  9. I love what you've done with this doll! So many fabulous details. I'm amazed and inspired!

  10. Wow, I am awestruck! great details on this doll!

  11. Beautiful Tanjore doll. You have great artistic talent in creating these beautiful arts and crafts. It is a God's gift to you. Please continue to create many more arts and crafts projects like this.

    A small suggestion. Apart from creating different types and varieties of arts and crafts and quilled material some times please focus creating some of India's traditional things like this Thanjavur toy because now-a-days people forget about our glorious heritage. Hence atleast some artistic talented people like you take some initiative to preserve our age old arts like these in their own artistic way and showing them to young kids. I hope you understand what i am saying.

    On last sunday i am presented my Third Seminar on Indian Heritage and Culture to young children. In this seminar i am sharing my paintings and other collections relating to Indian Heritage and explaining children about various aspects of our Heritage and Culture through my collections. Children are eagerly participated in my seminar and they clarified their doubts about our glorious heritage.

    Please look into my Third Seminar on Indian Heritage post and share your valuable and inspirational comment for the same.


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