I must say, I am floored when the regular stall owners at the Chitrakala Parishath recognize me and smilingly welcome me for yet another write-up on their exhibits. This place exudes a magical charm that inexplicably draws me there every time an exhibition comes up. And with the festive season just around the corner, I have every reason to be excited! I tried capturing some stunning artifacts and handloom weaves through my lens the other day.
This gentleman from Gujarat is almost a permanent here – vibrant Kutch embroidered bags, totes, clutches, runners, and table covers – such an explosion of eclectic colours!
Well, my favourite part of this exhibition was Sanjay’s stall from Jaipur (as always). I could actually see a lot of new and interesting hand crafted exhibits added to his collection!
I loved everything at this stall – colourful little animal side tables, cute wooden trucks, letter/mail holders, distressed wooden chests, earthenware-shaped candle votives, and a lovely colourful brass cow all done up in authentic Meenakari!
I was blown away by these exquisite Tanjore paintings, but the one from Mahabharata, depicting Shree Krishna guiding Arjun’s chariot in the battlefield was truly mesmerizing!
My love for brass is something that probably the whole world is aware of by now. But this time, there was something interesting all the way from Khajuraho. Intricate hand work on this metallic alloy took a whole new meaning. Just take a look at the level of detail showcased in that brass earthenware (both throughout its circumference and even its bottom). Inspired!
This stall from Gujarat featured beautifully hand crafted Torans, diyas, votives, and little matki (s) in resplendent beads for the upcoming ‘Janmashtami‘.
A stall from U.P. had really amazing furniture – end tables, folding chairs, corner shelves, wooden chests with brass details, little wooden cabinets with ceramic drawers, and even little Firozabad mosaic lanterns.
Another beautiful kiosk with huge unbreakable and vibrant fibre vases, wooden jharokhas, as also the singing bowls, chimes, and other brass beauties.
There were a lot of handloom kiosks as well. From Kantha and Kutch embroidery to Lucknawi Chikan and Kashmir’s Aari embroidery to Bagru prints on Chanderi and Gota Patti work too, this exhibition was brimming with talent from all across India. I couldn’t resist myself and bought a bright red Kantha embroidered table cover for my home, and may I say it looks every bit spectacular on the dining table!
A whole lot of colourful accessories too were on display.
There are Madhubani paintings and Madhubani Paintings. But these certainly belonged to the second category. Ashok Kumar Das, a five-time National awardee and a Madhubani patron has painted these himself! I couldn’t help but just stand and marvel at the intricacy and splendid colour combinations in his paintings.
Whether its was the hand tufted carpets or the Pattachitra paintings were from Orissa, the Indian Silk Handicraft Expo was like having a bit of every Indian’s state’s culture on a single platter. A day well spent! For those of you who wish to go, the exhibition closes on 30th August, Sunday.