Ramsons Kala Pratishtana’s ‘Bombe Mane’ was inaugurated by Udupi Palimaru Hrishikesha Peetha seer Vidyadheesha Tirtha Swamiji and the Bombe Mane Diorama unveiled by Udupi Adamaru Narasimha Peetha seer Ishapriya Tirtha Swamiji, on Wednesday evening.
Mysuru is gripped by the festive season of Dasara. Among multitudes of rituals, pujas and festivities, each and every household is busy mustering their doll treasures onto a temporary stepped scaffolding. This is for the annual doll festival, Bombe Habba which is a phenomenon distinctly ‘Mysuru’ in its flavour and appeal.
Ramsons Kala Pratishtana heralds this Bombe Habba with its twelth edition of Bombe Mane. A veritable congregation of dolls under one roof, each deftly crafted by the magical fingers of craftsmen and women from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other places.
2016 marks the birth centenary of M S Subbulakshmi, the greatest exponent of Classical Karnataka music of this century. Bombe Mane commemorates this event by proudly introducing three new dolls depicting the divine balladeer Narada, Saint Kanaka Dasa and Saint Purandara Dasa.
A huge majestic elephant, caparisoned in costumed cloaks of vivid colours, walking with a steady gait, a liveried mahout seated and behind him securely fastened is the 750 kg golden howdah within which placed on a cushion is the idol of the presiding deity of the Mysuru, the Goddess Chamundeshwari. Before and behind this ponderous pachyderm, the ‘Ambari Anay’ (the elephant which carries the howdah), come royal attendants, the mounted corps, folk dancers and camel riders. This is the Jumboo Savari which is the cynosure of all eyes. This year, RKP has designed Jumboo Savari procession and skilled craftsmen have created the 68 pieces set in clay and paper mesh. The heroic Veeragasay troupe, Vajra Mushti wrestling scene, the folk dance-form of Somana Kunita along with the standard bearers are a part of this set.
This year’s special display section of Bombe Mane has different themes. The first special display section of Bombe Mane is dedicated to the weddings of the Wadiyar rulers and their kin. Rare vintage photographs of the marriages of royalties from the house of Wadiyars will be on display along with other memorabilia.
The second special display is Sri Krishna as the caretaker of cows with an emphasis on the diversity of cattle breeds of India – Amrit Mahal, Baragur, Hallikar, Javari, Kangayam, Kenkatha, Nagori, Ponwar, Lal Kandhari, Krishna, Kerighar, Khilari, Dangi, Malvi, Raathi, etc. Such diversity of heirloom cattle heritage is unique to India and this cattle legacy has nurtured thousands of generations of Indians. Bombe Mane celebrates this bovine heritage of India.
Deepa Soundarya welcomes the festival of Lights, Deepavali with an enviable spread of clay lamps painted in vibrant colors of the earth. Along with clay, lamps made from brass, copper, glass and plaster-of-paris in innumerable designs and patterns created at different craft clusters across Indian sub-continent are displayed at this exhibition. These lamps are not limited to religious occasions but will light up any festive event. The beauty (Soundarya) of earthen deepas will come alive from 15 September 15 to October 31 from 10 am to 7:30 pm.
The celebration of traditional indigenous board games, Kreedaa Kaushalya, will begin with a clatter of dancing dice inviting the hidden gamesters ‘within us’ to square up before the Pagade board or the Chauka Bara or the ancient four-handed chess, Chaturanga. Traditional games such as Aliguli Mane, Adu Huli, Navakankari, Daayam, Panchi, Vimana, Paramapada and others also find a pride of place at this niche display during Bombe Mane.
These exhibitions are a limited period extravaganza but their unique products of dolls, lamps and board games are available all through the year at their flagship store ‘Ramsons’ in front of Mysuru Zoo.