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It's innovations galore

The themes are traditional, but the designs smack of creativity. A look at the diyas for the season


FROM NONDESCRIPT creations in clay to painstakingly crafted designs in multi-coloured terracotta, the agal has come a long way. With the Festival of Lights round the corner, crafts showrooms in the city are stocking their racks with not just lamps but lamps with loads of innovation.

Anna Nagar-based The Heritage has come up with an exclusive "Lamp Utsav" featuring over a thousand unusual terracotta lamps with the stamp of its in-house designers. On display at an exhibition at No. 45, First Floor, (above Contemporary Arts and Crafts) C. P. Ramaswami Road, Abiramapuram, are Lakshmi, Kubera Lakshmi and Ganesha lamps in different colour schemes (Rs. 65 to Rs. 3,000). Ashtalakshmi and Dasavatharam form the other themes for the "plate lamps" which come in varied shapes and sizes. Water can be poured into these plate lamps and sprinkled with flowers (water resist coating has been provided). The big lamps - that are created in the form of steps to accommodate many lamps are a connoisseur's delight. Here, again, the themes are drawn from religion. The lamps are traditional, yet modern in its appeal. They even double as show pieces.

Besides terracotta, there are brass lamps too. A huge brass "Kalai Vilakku" with different musical instruments is a piece de resistance. There are miniature versions too. Hanging "bells with lamps" is another attraction. Rare Tanjore paintings, lampshades, glass paintings, oil paintings and brass idols are the other items on display.


That's not all. For those shopping for basic agals, there is a wide collection - all with the imprint of the designers - that too priced between Rs. 7 and 12.

The exhibition is on till November 8, 9.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. For details call 98400 70026/ 98400 74044.

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