Of mud and wood

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: CBD Belapur | Agency: dna

For those who love the simple and old world charm of terracotta figurines and jewellery, an evening visit to the ongoing Gandhi Shilp Bazar might prove to be well-spent. Apart from other handloom and handicraft products are an array of terracotta show pieces and jewellery.

One of the first stalls, of New Panvel resident Amit Kumar Chakravarty is exclusively for terracotta products. From masks, figures of Lord Ganesha and Balaji, head figures of Lord Buddha painted in metallic colours to simple and artistic flower vases, showpieces that depict the 'thirsty crow' story, the items have variety and colour.

"Terracotta, as a raw material is best known for eco friendliness and versatility as it can be fashioned into a variety of attractive items. That is one of the reasons I discontinued my job in the import-export trade and took up this business on a fulltime basis," said Chakravarty. The products range between Rs 50-Rs1600. The 'thirsty crow' piece is priced at Rs 150, head figures of Lord Buddha for Rs 200-700, masks for Rs 150-850, as per the size.

Another couple from Goa, Dinesh and Samiksha Simipuraskar also have a collection of terra cotta items as the latter has been making them for the past 20 years. "We have idols of Lord Ganesha that range between Rs 120-150, face masks between Rs 100-150, pendants of Lord Ganesha for Rs 20, among others. We also have small houses that can be used for fish tank decor at Rs200. Some of the idols and showpieces are painted in copper colour, while some are in plain as many prefer it without the colour," said Dinesh Simipuraskar.

Nothing pleases a lady like jewellery, so even that is available in terracotta. Earrings, necklaces and bangles in dark and light brown is sure to complement any ethnic outfit. The stall set up Vinayak and Pushpa Anjarlekar who have many other varieties of jewellery, these products are priced between Rs 40-150.

There are also colourful wooden products from Rajasthan and Karnataka for your varied needs. Mohammad Niyaz from Karnataka has toys like giant wheel, tops, kitchen set, whistles made of wood from the tree of Bottle Gourd that is locally known as dudhi ki lakdi. Also in place are showpices and colourful bangles. "These are painted in vegetable colours and thus of no harm. They are thus apt for small children who have the habit of chewing toys," said Niyaz. The products here too are priced reasonably within Rs 20-350. Further ahead, you can go in for wooden toys from Rajasthan that include xylophones, abacus set, cars and combs made of wood. The Gandhi Shilp Bazar will be on till March 16.

Meanwhile, the Urban Haat has started a facebook page to update people of the different exhibitions. "We will be constantly updating the page (https://www.facebook.com/urbanhaatcbd) with exhibition details and photographs of different handloom and handicraft item to attract people," said the manager of Urban Haat, KSV Nair.

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