Bombe Mane, the month-long exhibition of dolls in the backdrop of Dasara festivities, began at Ramsons Kala Prathishtana on Nazarbad Road yesterday.

Renowned Kannada Lexicographer G. Venkatasubbaiah, who spoke after inaugurating the show, said the doll shows at houses earlier had year-long preparations while the present generation lacks enthusiasm.

Noted Film and TV serial Director T.N. Seetharam, who was the chief guest, said China-make dolls dominated the markets in the State even during Ganesha festival.

Observing that India is developing at the cost of its culture, Seetharam remarked that tradition and culture have taken a backseat in celebration of festivals while modernisation has crept in.

Noting that art and agriculture which were once the main occupations of the country are now on the verge of collapse, Seetharam said artisans have lost interest in arts while farmers are leaving agriculture.

Lamenting that the children were unaware of the dolls replicating epics, history and mythology, he said the young generation was more inclined towards the ‘Barbie Doll’.

Complimenting Mysore for retaining the tradition of doll shows, Seetharam regretted that the doll shows have become almost extinct in other parts of the State. The doll show provides a sort of relief to the stressful mind, he added.

Ramsons Kala Prathistana’s D. Ram Singh, M.B. Singh and others were present.

Bombe Mane, organised every year since 2005, this year focuses on the mythical tale of the 32 dolls that once adorned the fabled golden throne of Mysore. The expo will be open to public daily from 10 am to 7 pm till Oct. 20.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore