Welcome To Tamaala

“Tamaala” is the evergreen tree supporting all native art & craft. We’re a Bengaluru based social arts organisation founded in 2015. We currently support livelihoods of over 145 village & tribal artisans, across 40 regions in India. We operate an art studio in J P Nagar, South Bangalore where we showcase these works as well as conduct discussions & workshops. Tamaala has been recognised by IIT Kanpur SEE Program (in association with IIM Bangalore), as one of the top 7 social startups from Bangalore.

Featured products

Some glimpses from the exciting world of Indian art & craft.

Set of 4 Ganesha

Set of 4 Ganesha
500.00 400.00
  1. Four cute Ganesha’s made of pond clay and fired.
  2. Colors used are poster colors.
  3. Made by rural potters from Ramanagara
  4. Each Ganesha is about 3 inches tall.

Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra
2,000.00 1,800.00

Akshaya Patra

Akshaya Patra
2,000.00 1,800.00

In this popular scene from the Epic Mahabharata :
One day, Krishna suddenly came to visit the Pandavas, with his group of friends . The Pandavas received Krishna with traditional ceremony, and they all sat down and began talking happily. However, Draupadi did not come out of the house to greet Krishna. Instead, she was sitting and weeping in the kitchen. After some time, Krishna sensed that something was wrong. He made an excuse of wanting to drink water and entered the kitchen and had a word with her. With tears in her eyes, Draupadi bowed her head before Krishna and showed him (offered him with both hands) an empty pot in which she had cooked rice that morning, and said “This is all I have in my kitchen, Krishna.” The pot was empty and she did not have any more rice in the house. But Krishna said to her: “Thank you sister, this is all I need. Look carefully. Is your rice-pot really empty? Can my sister’s kitchen ever be empty of food? Look carefully.” Draupadi looked, and she found a single grain of rice stuck inside the pot. Krishna said “A single grain of rice, if offered to God with love and humility, becomes the beeja (primordial seed) which feeds and satiates the whole universe.” He then ate that single grain of rice, and at that time, for that day, the whole universe was stomach-full and satiated. There was no hunger in the entire world that day, and of course Krishna’s retinue and all of Draupadi’s other guests were satiated. This miraculous divine episode happened on the day which is commemorated as “Akshaya Tritiya” every year, and it occurs around the time of the spring harvest in April-May every year. ( source Wikipedia )

Ashtalakshmi

Ashtalakshmi
1,800.00 1,600.00

Ashtalakshmi

Ashtalakshmi
1,800.00 1,600.00

A must have in any doll collection, this features the Ashtalakshmi set, or the 8 forms of the Goddess Lakshmi. These clay dolls are 5 inches tall.

The order of placement being –
1. Adi/Maha Lakshmi   – Original form of Lakshmi.
2. Dhana Lakshmi        – The Goddess of Wealth.
3. Dhanya Lakshmi      – The Goddess of agricultural wealth.
4. Gaja Lakshmi           – The giver of prosperity, abundance.
5. Santana Lakshmi     -The Goddess of bestowing offspring.
6. Veera Lakshmi         – The Goddess who bestows bravery, courage & strength
7. Vijaya Lakshmi         – The Goddess of victory, in all forms of battles and everyday life.                    8. Vidya Lakshmi          – The goddess and the bestower of knowledge of arts and sciences.

Bhima & Hanuman

Bhima & Hanuman
1,400.00 1,200.00

Bhima & Hanuman

Bhima & Hanuman
1,400.00 1,200.00

This popular scene from the Epic Mahabharata illustrates the scene where Bhima is tested by Hanuman.

During his search for the Saugandhika flower, Bhima saw an old monkey, lying in the path, whose long tail was outstretched. Bhima asked the monkey to move the tail blocking his path. But, the monkey replied saying he’s too old and had no strength to do that and requested Bhima to do it instead. Outraged at being commanded by someone inferior to him, he grabbed the monkey’s tail with his left hand with intention of swirling him via it and sending him in air and to his surprise he wasn’t able to move it. So, he used both his hands and all his might but wasn’t able to raise it. Defeated and surprised he asked the monkey for forgiveness with joined hands. The monkey revealed its true-self, Hanuman (his brother, as both were Vayu’s children). Bhima received Hanuman’s blessing in the form of increased strength. He warned Bhima of the path ahead, blessed him of victory in all his endeavours and left.

Buddha

Buddha
950.00 850.00

Buddha

Buddha
950.00 850.00

This is a medium sized set of idol of Gautama Buddha.

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Buddha ( Wooden)

Buddha ( Wooden)
750.00 700.00 (price-incl-tax)

Buddha ( Wooden)

Buddha ( Wooden)
750.00 700.00 (price-incl-tax)
  1. A well rounded toy for the young children, enables learning shapes & movement.
  2. Can form part of a doll display to showcase the skilled craftsmanship.
  3. Can be used as gift during Gruhapravesha (housewarming ), marriage gift etc..These dolls reflects the traditional dolls lore of Channapatna, Karnataka. These are the traditional designs that have got this town the tag of ‘Gombegala Ooru’ or toy-town. These can be a great addition for Dasara gombe habba or a Golu display.Each piece is made of wrightia tinctoria or hale mara, a safe and naturally seasoned medicinal plant wood. Please note that the colours may vary a little bit from the one in the pics.

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Bullock cart

Bullock cart
1,600.00 1,350.00 (price-incl-tax)

Bullock cart

Bullock cart
1,600.00 1,350.00 (price-incl-tax)
  1. This beautiful bullock cart set features the Bull carrying sacks of rice grains from a recent harvest and is a popular part of a Dasara Gombe Habba Doll collection/ Bommala Koluvu / Navaratri Golu
  2. Real jute has been used to make the sacks which are added to the cart.There are 2 bullocks, one driver, a woman sitting in the cart and a jute sack attached to the cart.The whole set is placed on brown coloured wooden platform which represents the naturally muddy roads of rural India.White, green, brown , red and blue are the primary colours used to make this cart.Handmade and hand-painted by Kondapalli Artisans.
  3. Light-weight wooden set, soft wood is used to make this set. This wood is known as white puniki in local language. The set & dolls are in dimension 10 inches x 7 inches x 5 inches

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Carnatic Trinity

Carnatic Trinity
2,000.00 1,800.00

Carnatic Trinity

Carnatic Trinity
2,000.00 1,800.00

These are medium sized dolls about 10 inches in height and 7 inches wide.

The musical trinity – Tyagaraja and his contemporaries, Shyama Shastri and Muthuswami Dikshitar, were regarded as the Trinity of Carnatic music. Tyagaraja composed thousands of devotional compositions, most in Telugu and in praise of Lord Rama, many of which remain popular today

Śyāma Śastri did not compose as so many kritis as his two prolific contemporaries, his compositions are still well known due to the literary, melodic and rhythmic proficiency observed in them. It is said that he composed about three hundred pieces in all.

Muthuswami Dikshitar’s compositions, of which around 500 are commonly known, are noted for their elaborate and poetic descriptions of Hindu gods and temples and for capturing the essence of the raga forms through the vainika (veena) style that emphasises gamakas.

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Cycle miniature

Cycle miniature
400.00 275.00 (price-incl-tax)

Cycle miniature

Cycle miniature
400.00 275.00 (price-incl-tax)
  1. This is a metal miniature of a cycle with wood implements for added design.
  2. Hand made by the metal workers in the rural regions of Mysuru district
  3. Can add to a Gombe collection/ gift/ toy collection.
  4. Product Dimension:- Length: 10 X Width: 7 Inch, color – primarily Black

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Dasara Procession

Dasara Procession
10,000.00 9,500.00

Dasara Procession

Dasara Procession
10,000.00 9,500.00

The famous Mysore Dasara procession is depicted in this scene. This is a large doll display and will take a space of about 2 metres by 1 metre or 6 feet by 3 feet. The dolls are between 10 inches – 15 inches tall.

Dashavatara – Medium

Dashavatara – Medium
1,800.00 1,600.00

Dashavatara – Medium

Dashavatara – Medium
1,800.00 1,600.00

A must have in any doll collection, this features the Dashavatara set, or the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu. These clay dolls are 5 inches tall.

The order of placement being L to R – 1.Matsya, 2.Koorma, 3.Varaaha, 4.Narasimha, 5.Vaamana, 6.Parashuraama, 7.Raama, 8.Balarama 9.Krishna 10.Kalki

Dashavatara – Small

Dashavatara – Small
1,200.00 1,100.00

Dashavatara – Small

Dashavatara – Small
1,200.00 1,100.00

A must have in any doll collection, this features the Dashavatara set, or the 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu. These clay dolls are 4.5 inches tall.

The order of placement being – 1.Matsya, 2.Koorma, 3.Varaaha, 4.Narasimha, 5.Vaamana, 6.Parashuraama, 7.Raama, 8.Krishna, 9.Buddha 10.Kalki

Doll couple sitting

Doll couple sitting
2,700.00 2,500.00

Doll couple sitting

Doll couple sitting
2,700.00 2,500.00

This is a medium sized clay traditional style doll couple, 12 inches tall and 7 inches wide.

I would like to appreciate the effort taken by you guys to convert that beautiful art into another gorgeous
piece of merchandise. I was thoroughly impressed by the clocks and the data banks customised
specially for us for gifting purposes by Tamaala. Tamaala has proven yet another ideology that art
transcends all barriers and conventions and can make it in any form in every nook and corner of a
humble abode. I wish Tamaala the very best and hope to see it growing and redefining the
concepts of art and designing.

Beautiful creations.. Amazing in every way including the pricing. India in a shop. The social cause behind it makes it invaluable.Thanks for all the effort behind the endeavour!

Tamaala vision of shining a bright light on our indigenous visual arts across the country while also helping our artisans earn a healthy livelihood doing what what they love the most. Suvarna and Vinay are amazing torch bearers of two above vision. They work tirelessly and give much more than they take. I wish Tamaala all success to grow from strength to strength.

In my view ‘CREATIVITY’ is an integral part of all activities we embark, not restricted to creating few art artefacts. This is possible only when there is a constant engagement with ART & most importantly ARTISANS. TAMAALA uniquely identified this arena of bringing artisans forefront along with their art to urban consumers. I’ve been interacting with them for more than a year & seen their tremendous work in indigenous art forms of India. Their studio is hub for seeing unique art pieces, to meet artisans and even participate in workshops! Suvarna & Vinay at Tamaala are wonderful people to meet & hear their passion of creating sustainable livelihoods. Wishing them a fulfilling artistic journey!

Being an architect have been concerned about the the regressing and disappearing art forms of India in this connection I am extremely happy to see the social enterprise of sustaining art and craft through the artisans of various villages of India taken up by TAMAALA – which indeed is a very noble task. Tamaala is synergizing the artisans and the corporate world, by creating a culture of gifting of ‘art forms’, as also re energizing the link between art and interior design. The efforts of Tamaala in giving livelihood to artisans and reviving the dying arts and crafts of India is tremendous ! Kudos and congratulations Tamaala – Hats off to Shri Vinay Prashant and Smt. Suvarna !

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In The Press

Tamaala in The Hindu

The coverage by Abhinaya in the Hindu captures the essence of what we’re attempting at Tamaala.

Tamaala in TOI

A nice write-up by Reema outlining the Earthen lights project which is an annual event around the Deepavali festival showcasing craftspeople, artisans & artists.

Tamaala in Deccan Herald

A really well written piece by Apeksha which brings out the ecological aspect of the plant Ganesha and also manages to encapsulate the overall vision at Tamaala.

Tamaala in Sustainabilitynext

This is one article which is written like a case study..what more can we say …a big thank you to the sustainabilitynext team.

Tamaala in Yourstory

Some images from the studio and a brief journey till date featured in this yourstory article so well written by the quintessential art promoter -Madan.

Paid Shipping – Pan India

We now ship Pan-India. The exception is the clay products, which are only shipped within Bengaluru & Mysuru at present.

Returns policy

As a discerning patron you would know that these are handmade products, no two will be the same. Also minor flaws make up the beauty of the handmade. That said, we will be happy to exchange/ refund where it’s due.

Studio Tamaala

Visit our Studio at J P Nagar for much more. Call 8884816333 to schedule a visit.