Rare musical treat from masters of the craft

TV personality Swapna Sundari and music director Kamlakharbring out classical fusion album ‘Bhavayami’

Right notes:Television presenter Swapna Sundari and director Kamlakhar at the recording of ‘Bhavayami’, a classical fusion album that was released recently, in Hyderabad.— Photo: Suresh Krishnamoorthy

Right notes:Television presenter Swapna Sundari and director Kamlakhar at the recording of ‘Bhavayami’, a classical fusion album that was released recently, in Hyderabad.— Photo: Suresh Krishnamoorthy

Classical fusion album ‘Bhavayami’, put together by Television personality Swapna Sundari and music director Kamlakhar, was recently released in the presence of legendary singers P. Suseela and S.P. Balasubrahmanyam at a function held at Ravindra Bharati. The 39-minute album has five Annamayya Kritis and two kritis each by Jayadeva and Lalithadasar.

While Swapna Sundari is known for her mellifluous voice, Kamlakhar is one who perpetually hunts for new artistes and instruments.

The album is pleasing for more reasons than one, according to Swapna. “The word ‘Bhavayami’ can mean my expression, my meditation and my remembrance of God.

Although I have made light music albums before, this blend of classical and fusion is a first for me.

I am happy at the way it was received by music-lovers,” she said.

Both Suseela and Balasubrahmanyam showered praises on her.

“Swapna Sundari’s voice is crystal clear, and her soulful rendition is wonderful, while Kamlakhar has done a wonderful job,” said Balasubrahmanyam at the function.

The album has Kamlakhar bringing to loudspeakers the instruments ‘Hulusi’ and ‘Bawu’ for the first time. “I picked them up when I was travelling in China.

The ‘Bawu’ is a flute with a very different sound and an Oriental flavour,” he said and added that the response from the audience during the release was proof enough of their effect on ears.


Dastkari craft fair

Dastkari Craft bazaar – an exhibition of regional crafts, art and textiles — is here in Chennai. More than 100 different craftsmen from the villages, towns and cities across the country will present their handmade creations in metal, wood, clay and paper.

Embroidered and woven textiles and traditional art will be available. People can enjoy folk music and dance performed on all days.Hand block printed textiles and embroidered textiles from Rajasthan, terracotta from Kerala, leather products from Shantiniketan, assorted crafts from Punjab, papier mache and wooden objects from Kashmir, are the highlights of the fair.

The Dastkari Haat Samiti is a not-for-profit association of craftspeople working to spread awareness about traditional art and craft.


Handcrafted accessories

Crafts from all over will feature in Kuteera 2014

The Crafts Council of Karnataka presents Kuteera 2014, its annual exhibition and sale of handcrafted home products and accessories. Nearly 45 crafts units from across the country will be participating in this year’s Kuteera, beginning January 12. The spotlight will be folk and traditional paintings from different parts of India — Hase Chittara mural paintings from Karnataka, Pattachitra from Orissa, Rajasthan miniatures, Cheriyal mural paintings from Andhra Pradesh, and Madhubani paintings from Bihar.

Karnataka will showcase a wide range of crafts — wood ware, including painted wooden dolls from Kinhal, wood inlay, vegetable -dyed lacquerware toys from Channapatna, stoneware from Halebeedu, terracotta, puppets, and board games.

Other home accessories like ceramics, and terracotta, handmade paper products, and Kondapalli toys from Andhra will be featured. You can also take your pick from carpets, grass baskets, bags, embroidery.

The exhibition will be on from January 12 till 18, at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Kumara Krupa Road, from 10.30 a.m. to 7.30 pm.


Shoppers’ stop for handcrafted ware

Visitors having a look at the exhibits on display at one of the stalls at the Crafts Bazaar at Shilparamam Jatara in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. —Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar10-day Crafts Bazaar gets under way at Shilparamam Jatara.

A wide spectrum of eye-pleasing handicrafts from across India offers a treat to shopaholics at the 10-day ‘Crafts Bazaar’ at Shilparamam Jatara.

From home to wardrobe, the exhibition, hosted by Shilparamam Arts, Crafts, and Cultural Society, Hyderabad, in association with the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, accommodates almost every item that caters to the needs of a keen shopper.

Crafts persons from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and several other States feel that it is an opportunity to understand market requirements and add value to their creative skills.

In all, 150 artisans have put up more than 120 stalls, displaying, among others, products such as wall decors, figurines, artefacts, accessories, saris, and dress materials.

P. Venkateswara Rao, a Kalamkari artisan from Machilipatnam, says the city market has great potential for handloom cloth. He says that the entire stock of dress materials and saris will be exhausted by the end of the exhibition.

An opportunity

One of the city-based artisans K. Madhu Sudhana Rao adds that exhibitions such as these provide an opening to improve their marketing skills.

The handcrafted ware sourced from diverse regions include bed linen with kantha work, colourful strings of shell jewellery, handbags with a combination of jute, cane, and wood, men’s kurtas with Kashmiri stitch, dress materials with contrast embroidery, and Parsi works.

Bheemli MLA M. Srinivasa Rao, who inaugurated the exhibition, said:

“It is our responsibility to promote the efforts taken by the artisans who have come from different parts of the country. The platform not only enhances their livelihood but also boosts their confidence levels to produce more such items.”

To add colour to the event, foot tapping ‘Tappeta Gullu’ was performed by a group of folk dancers.

Administrative officer of Shilparamam Jatara P. Bhakthar said that the exhibition would be open at Shilparamam, Madhurawada, till January 11 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


  • In all, 150 artisans from various States have put up more than 120 stalls
  • Foot-tapping ‘Tappeta Gullu’ by a group of folk dancers an added attraction


A story with proud!

Peruri Suryanarayana at work at Kadiam.Photo: S. RambabuKadiam village is famous for its nurseries and a variety of plants including ornamental, herbal, flower and others. But, there is a potter, who did his village proud with his innovation.

Peruri Suryanarayana (65) has been dependent on pottery work for the last 40 years. Life became difficult for him as he could not make more than 40 to 50 pots per day. “When I started my pottery work about 40 years ago, it was less than one naia paisa per a big pot. Then it slowly went up to Rs.3. The prices of pots have increased at a snail’s pace, but the prices of essential commodities sky-rocketed. I thought of leaving my community profession at one stage,” said Suryanarayana.

Then he got the idea of making pots with the support of electric domestic grinder. After getting it from one of his well-wishers, he removed its steel top and made a `sari’ wheel to make pots. To his surprise, from day one he had made 150 to 200. Now, with improved skill and expertise, he is making 300 pots per day.

After two days of making pots, he would dry them in an open area adjacent to his house.When asked about demand for pots, he said his product had all-time demand. “For example, when the marriages season starts, we are asked to make pots as our custom says that the bride has to perform pooja with pots only. During summer, we make pots suiting the taste of consumers. Our pots are used during funerals also,”. His son Hanumanthu, who is by his side, helps his father all the time.


Peruri Suryanarayana, using a domestic grinder in an innovative way, is making 300 pots a day and making a good profit.



Create and celebrate

Shoppers Stop presents art and craft workshops for its young customers

This Christmas, Shoppers Stop gives its young customers a chance to know what it’s like to be inside Santa’s workshop by organising art and craft workshops across all its stores in the city. The workshops are free and will have activities such as making quilled bookmarks, fun Christmas cards and paper ornaments.

There will also be story telling sessions. These workshops will be held on December 25, 29 and January 1, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Shoppers Stop stores are located at Ramee Mall (Teynampet), Harrington Road, Shyamala Towers (Saligramam0 and The Grand Mall (Velachery).