The man who rescues dolls

Brightly painted icons of deities, scenes from mythology and folklore , and dolls adorned with zari dresses light up the ‘kolu’ shops that line the streets of Mylapore. Fashioned of cloth, paper and clay, the icons and toys are not ecologically sensitive and also promote the crafts of Etikopakka, Chennapatna, Kondapalli, and Tamil Nadu.

An array of beautifully crafted Thanjavur dolls, clay figurines of Krishnanagar or ‘antique’ marapachi dolls of Tamil Nadu, is aired out in homes each year.

But if you want your old dolls repaired, head to artist Paramasivan, who sits in his small workplace near Kesava Perumal temple. He repairs and preserves old kolu dolls and statuettes. “From childhood, I loved to piece things together and paint,” he says. “For two years, I worked with Kondairaj Ramalingam of Kovilpatti and studied at his gurukul."

When people bring him the damaged dolls, he first makes a ‘complete’ drawing of the piece and then begins the restoration work..............Read more


Source: The Hindu

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