Come Dasara, Padmini heads for Chennai’s hub with her colourful collection
Dasara is a few days away and the mood has set in. ‘Kolu’ — the display of dolls — is the highlight of this festival dedicated to Devi and Mylapore is a famous hub to source icons. Sellers from all over Tamil Nadu and beyond converge here attracting buyers with their freshly painted wares. Most of them are regulars, like Padmini.
“My parents initiated me into this world of dolls. ‘Come what may, don’t give it up,’ my father said. So I’ve been coming back here, again and again,” says Padmini, who has spread her array of dolls and awaits new arrivals as the festival approaches. She has been doing this for 40 years. The family lived in Nungambakkam and she helped her parents in those days. After marriage she moved to Oorapakkam and is assisted by her brother and son.