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.
Some glimpses from the exciting world of Indian art & craft.
The Ganesha pentetThe Ganesha pentet
- Five cute Ganesha’s playing musical instruments made of pond clay and fired.
- Colors used are poster colors.
- Made by rural potters from Ramanagara
- They are placed on a wooden platform that gives the appearance of them playing to an audience.
- This is about 6 inches wide and 3 inches tall.
Akshaya PatraAkshaya Patra
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 )
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 & HanumanBhima & Hanuman
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 ( Wooden)Buddha ( Wooden)
- A well rounded toy for the young children, enables learning shapes & movement.
- Can form part of a doll display to showcase the skilled craftsmanship.
- 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.
Bullock cartBullock cart
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Carnatic TrinityCarnatic Trinity
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.
Dashavatara – MediumDashavatara – Medium
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 – SmallDashavatara – Small
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
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Paid Shipping – Pan India
We now ship Pan-India. The exception is the clay products, which are only shipped within Bengaluru & Mysuru at present.
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.
Visit our Studio at J P Nagar for much more. Call 8884816333 to schedule a visit.