Bangalore (Karnataka) [India], October 10 (ANI): With the start of Navratri festivities in Karnataka, a resident of Thyagaraj Nagar in Bengaluru decorated her home with nearly 10,000 Dasara dolls this year.
The dolls exhibited by Bhagyalakshmi at her home include dolls that are over a century old. This year, she chose the theme of the ancient story of ‘Mahabharata’ in which she depicted the crucial scenes related to the characters of the Mahabharata like Draupadi ‘Maanabhanga’, Bheeshma sleeping on a bed of arrows, Draupadi ‘Swayamwara’ etc.
Bhagyalakshmi told ANI that “due to the pandemic situation we could not keep Navaratri dolls from last year. Since we are two years old we have about 250 different dolls decorated with hair, clothes, jewelry, etc. Every year we change the theme. This year we have chosen the theme of the Mahabharata performance, where we have taken up major events of the Mahabharata like the game of dice, Draupadi ‘Maanabhanga’, Bheeshma sleeping on a bed of arrows, Draupadi ‘Swayamwara’ etc “.
She added: “We have dolls from different countries. We also have heritage dolls that are 100 years old. We have around 50,000 dolls, this time we have exhibited around 10,000 dolls. We have been doing it for 60 years as a tradition. “.
“There are a variety of dolls here. There are different concepts here. Each set of dolls tells a new set of stories. We have Mahabharata, we have a dice game that has already been played. We are very happy. to see that. It’s very special, “said Vinay, a neighbor.
“It’s a wonderful job here. It helps the younger generation connect with the previous era. Every year there’s a different theme. Every time we get a better perspective, of course, a nostalgic memory for people like me, ”said Srinivasan, a Neighbor.
Decorating the house with a large number of dolls in Navratri for the exhibition is a year-long tradition in Karnataka. Also known as Bombe Habba, Golu, Kolu en Kannada or simply Dasara dolls, the tradition is a staple for South Indian households. Every year with the start of Navratri (Dasara Gombe), the South Indians especially in the ancient Mysore region decorate their house with Dasara dolls. (ANI)