Exhibitions

Exciting Potpourri of Art & Craft: The Sampoorn Santhe 2016

The Sampoorn Santhe is back this year again and it couldn’t have been timed more perfectly. With dark clouds hovering above, a cool breeze playfully tugging at my hair, and the sun playing peek-a-boo, this 10-day extravaganza promises to showcase India’s unparalleled rich, cultural heritage with as many as 145 stalls from over 20 states across the country. Ready to embark upon a beautiful journey with me?

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For one, the women in Bangalore will definitely find their calling here – Lots of fusion wear options available. Traditional dyeing, block printing, and weaving techniques have been given an exciting transformation into modern-day silhouettes and accessories.

Featured above: Chammak Challo Cool Maal‘s Kalamkari and Indigo pendants, totes, and hair accessories.

Minugu has come forth with an entirely new collection of skirts, jumpsuits, palazzos, dresses, and kurtas in Dabu, Ikat, and other exciting block prints. Spotting my favourite stall, I picked up a couple of dresses in my favourite shades and headed on grinning like a Cheshire cat. Recommended!

And for those who love bright block prints, Mohan Creations from Jaipur has a lot of exciting stuff for you in all sorts of kaleidoscopic shades!

As far as the accessories are concerned, you will definitely not be disappointed. From Diar‘s 1 gram gold jewelry to Levitate‘s Jhumkis and earrings to quirky pendants and African tribal neck pieces from Hindustan Designer and Tribal Jewellery, there’s something for everyone here!

And now for the bling element for our homes! Loved the collection of brass and wooden artifacts across different stalls from UP and Rajasthan! These huge Buddha idols will take your breath away!

Vaaso in its 2nd outing at the Santhe has brought out a new range of stunning block printed  home decor items and furnishings. From cutlery holders-cum-napkin organisers and storage boxes to trivets to cushion covers, lamps, and Chanderi curtains, there are options galore for every home decor enthusiast!

Coppre from Pune made a scintillating debut at the Santhe with their hammered copper products! Again, recommended!

Also, Woodpeckers had some of the most amazing wooden chests and brass items that I have seen. My heart was set on a lovely Chapati box and of course, this huge ‘Cauldron‘ which completely resonates with well, you know what 🙂

One can also spot plenty of Kantha weaves, Gujarati embroidered furnishings, and Ikat yardage in all sorts of rainbow colours.

Dwaraka from Bangalore has showcased the pen-style of Kalamkari in the form of stoles, dupattas, jewelery boxes, napkin holders and lots of pouches, bags, and wallets! Definitely worth a dekko!

And now a few illustrations for both avid and budding gardeners in the Garden City – Upvan‘s bonsai and terrarium collection was so fresh and rejuvenating that I had to capture it through my lens. Terracotta bird baths, bird houses, cute owl planters, and fountains from Orissa and Kerala had me fixated at their artisanal dexterity for a long time!

If you’re into wind chimes like me, then you just got lucky! From Bamboo to metallic bells to wooden figurines, you will find lots of options in these musical clinking beauties.

And if you find pottery enchanting, these scalloped blue pottery vases and barnis from Jaipur and Studio Rawa‘s handcrafted pottery products will keep you enthralled as will these black stone cookware and kettles from Manipur and cute miniature terracotta pots.

Other interesting finds I liked were the Sawai grass totes and storage boxes from Rahwa (Orissa), gorgeous dhurries from Mirzapur, leather lamps from Andhra Pradesh, and applique wall hangings and bags…

The Sampoorn Santhe, like its previous successful editions stresses on showcasing sustainable and eco-friendly products, bringing out the creativity of our artisans and giving an impetus to NGOs and small businesses. And of course, it was a delight finally meeting the lovely Shalini Sudarshan, the brains and beauty behind this magnificent event. So, if you’re in Bangalore, do visit this lovely exhibition. For the uninitiated, Sampoorn Santhe will be on at the Chitrakala Parishath till 26th June 2016. 

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