Kreedaa Kaushalya and Hasti Mangala: Twin Exhibitions Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Ramson’s Kala Pratishtana

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Handicrafts Sales Emporium, popularly known as Ramsons, was founded in 1970 by the late D. Ram Singh. For 52 years, this shop has been known for quality handicraft items such as sandalwood artifacts, wooden furniture, metal and stone icons and dolls, board games, textiles, jewelry and gifts.

The unique aspect of Ramsons is the fact that they have their own design wing, constantly releasing new products after carefully researching customers’ needs and requirements. The annual exhibition of dolls (Bombe Mane) and the biennial exhibition of board games (Kreedaa Kaushalya) are enough to demonstrate Ramson’s commitment to upholding our country’s arts, crafts and culture.

The Ramsons 50th anniversary celebrations were scheduled to take place in April 2020 and have been postponed due to the pandemic. As we are now almost out of the grim pandemic, the 50th anniversary will be celebrated with twin exhibitions – Kreedaa Kaushalya and Hasti Mangala.

The twin exhibits open tomorrow (April 24) at 6.30pm at Ramsons Kala Pratishtana opposite the zoo.

S. Murugan, Additional Director General of Police, Bengaluru, D. Mahendra, Chairman, Karnataka Lalita Kala Academy, Bengaluru, R. Guru, Chairman, NR Group, Mysuru, Nadoja Dr. VT Kale, lead artist, Sandur, will be present during the inauguration.

The exhibitions are open to the public from April 25th to December 31st between 10am and 7pm.

Hasti Mangala

The elephant has always captured the imagination of poets, kings, artists, bards and citizens of India. The beauty, strength, size and majesty of an elephant inspires awe and fascination in its beholder. He is celebrated as a gentle giant with his ambling gait. Its extremely cleverly playful trunk, the swinging giant ears and the majestically curved tusks give these forest giants a stately impression.

Elephant is the unofficial mascot of Mysore. In the days leading up to the Dasara celebrations, the streets of Mysore become a landing strip for tens of elephants, who end up being the show thieves at the Vijayadashami Jumboo Savari. Of course, the elephant is one of the Indian artist’s favorite motifs. Every corner in the length and breadth of our country is rich in art with varied and stylized forms of an elephant. It is a recurring motif in temple carvings, forts, palaces, textiles, coins, paintings, sculptures, etc.

Ramsons is celebrating the 52nd anniversary with the unique exhibition featuring the motif of the Elephant in Various Traditional and Contemporary Arts and Crafts of India – Hasti Mangala.

Kreedaa Kaushalya and Hasti Mangala

Kreedaa Kaushalya

The 9th edition of the popular Traditional Board Games Exhibition features about 30 varieties of indoor board games.

The games that can be found in this exhibition are: Chauka Bara, Adu Huli, Pagaday, Chaduranga, Aligulimane, Paramapada, Sixteen Sepoys, Panchi, Vimana, Pancha Keliya, Nav Keti Keta, Pretwa, Hasu Chirate, Huli Kallu, Egara Guti, etc. The boards of these games have been conjured up in various craft traditions from across the country, such as;

This year, the design wing of Ramsons has brought game boards and game pieces exclusively from the craft molds of Karnataka. Navalgund Jamkhanas have been redesigned to incorporate Chaukabara playing patterns along with the traditional Pagaday patterns. The colorful game boards are created in Lambani embroidery on cotton cloth. Silk game boards with zari-woven patterns of games are colorful and beautiful. Intricately carved and inlaid round teapots were made in the rosewood inlay of Mysore.

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