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Beauty in bronze

An exhibition at Poompuhar showcases skilfully crafted bronze icons


POOMPUHAR, ANNA Salai, is organising an exhibition-cum-sale of the "Bronzes of Tamil Nadu" till January 17. Shoppers looking out for exclusive showpieces for home and office can find interesting items.

The store has a wide collection of bronze replicas dating back to the Chola, Hoysala and Pallava periods. Most of these artefacts are priced between Rs. 600 and Rs. 15 lakhs. On display are icons of Ulagalanda Perumal, Hariharan, Nataraja, Dakshinamurthy, Rishaba, Ayappa, Anjaneya and unique creations of Radha and Krishna.

The eight-feet Nataraja, which took three years to make, stands out for its good workmanship. The Meenakshi Kalyanam, Nataraja, Sivagami, the dancing Ganesha with the accompanying deities, the Kalinga Krishna, Dasavatar and Durga are particularly eye-catching.


The Music Trinity (Syama Sastri, Muthuswamy Dikshithar and Thyagaraja) and the saivite saints (Appar, Sundarar, Gnanasambandar and Manickavasagar) are rather unusual. There were 32 varieties of Ganeshas, which can be bought as a set. The sale is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

MALAVIKA LAKSHMAN

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