Dastkar presents ‘Nature Bazaar’

Last Sunday we went to the Dastkar Nature Bazaar – its last day in Bangalore. A beautiful potpourri of crafts from different parts of India were showcased at the Fair. We were just sorry that we didn’t get to go there earlier.

Here are some sights from the Fair –

The Fair Ground
Threads used for hair braiding which was being done by an expert there.
Bamboo Windchimes
Traditional Puppet Show
More Puppets
Puppets Closeup
One of the Stalls
Fabric chains
Ringing Bells?
Lighted Paper lamp
Traditionally packaged Electric Lamps
Bottle Art
Paper products made with the finest recycled elephant poo in India.
Beautiful Madhubhani paintings
A Kite Seller’s stall
Lamp made from Bottle Gourd (Lauki)
Lauki Lamp
Lighted Marble Lamp
A close-up of a lighted Marble Lamp
The Fair Grounds at Night

The Dance of the Nambiar Lady

Nangiar Koothu – roughly translated as “The Dance of the Nambiar Lady” – is a theatre art traditionally performed by ladies belonging to the “Nambiar”community in Kerala. However, owing to its vast popularity, even foreigners come from far to learn this venerable art.

Though it carries the misnomer of Koothu (meaning Dance), in actuality, it is a bevy of facial expressions and subtle movements conveying a story to the audience. It is accompanied by a ‘mizhavu‘ (a kind of drum) and an ‘elathalam‘ (similar to cymbals but much smaller and musical).

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To a first-timer, the dance looks very slow and majestic and the subtle changes in expressions of the artiste is breathtaking. Continue reading “The Dance of the Nambiar Lady”