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For a touch of the earth

LAKSHMI N.

TAKE A casual stroll on Malleswaram 9th Cross and it is possible that the rising sun atop one particular house will attract you. Located appropriately, Bhumi is the newly opened shop.

Inspite of its infant stage, the shop boasts of giving you your taste of artefacts, at a price you suggest.

Bhumi store has everything from paintings and terracotta to ethnic cushion covers, murals, and ceramics. It has fibreglass artefacts, tussar silks, and much more.

The unique thing about Bhumi is the flexibility it gives you, whether it is getting paintings or terracotta products made to order. "Many people want to adorn their houses with paintings like those at a gallery.

But they are unaffordable. That was when I thought of this idea, hoping to get things done for friends at a lower price. This also seemed to help artistes get recognition and income," says Seema Ranganath, the strength behind Bhumi.

"I take orders for terracotta murals, paintings, sketches, and interiors, at a price that the customer wants.

The price range, however, depends on the product and how the customer wants it to be made," she explains.

This way you could walk away with a piece of genuine or ethnic terracotta jewellery for Rs. 150, photo frames for Rs. 100, and ceramic mugs for Rs. 200 or more. Everything at Bhumi is available at an affordable price.

If you were wondering that there is nothing natural to match the name, you will have to think again.

For there is an environment-friendly thought behind most of the products that are up for sale at the store.

The colours used in ceramics are lead-free and non-toxic natural ones. "Even the paintings follow nature and environment closely," points Ms. Ranganath.

What prompted an idea like Bhumi? "I love art and was already doing these things for friends. Although I came across many an artefact shop, there were not many that were affordable and customisable," she says.

But why the name Bhumi? "Everything begins and ends with bhumi, the earth. It is the base for life." So, everything that is available at bhumi is related to the earth. For instance, terracotta, ceramics...Most paintings are also about nature.

Ms. Ranganath always hunts for unique artefacts to offer her customers.

She soon plans to introduce dhari works, wall-hangings, and other artistic material that will add to the colourful assortment.

Bhumi intends to be a shop exclusive to Malleswaram, whatever be the popularity.

And even if you have no plans of buying anything, just walk in, like many others do. Lounge around for a while and chat with the friendly shop owner.

Maybe because Bhumi is a garage converted into a shop, it gets the homely and cosy feel, fit for an evening hangout.

Whatever is the case, be sure not to miss this little "shop around the Malleswaram corner". Bhumi can be contacted on 98452-72100.

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