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Hi, Hope you will like this blog. In this blog I'm trying to share my experience with various forms of arts, crafts and hobbies. My experience while making each piece of work is different. Sometimes its fun, sometimes its tedious, sometimes I learnt lessons of life and sometimes it makes me to introspect myself. Of course you know, suggestion and comments will help anybody to improve the work. So please share your thoughts also. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Shri Krishna - Inspiration to many Arts and Crafts

Today is Shri Krishna Janmashtami. Lord Krishna considered as Great Philosopher, Management Guru, the person who whole heartedly  tried for the betterment of society etc. But for the art lovers like us he is always inspiration for different kinds of arts and crafts. I always like to design with Krishna theme. Sharing some of the arts and crafts pieces created by me using Krishna theme.

The below one is a oil painting depicting first touch of Krishna and Radha
About this painting I have already written in one of my posts - Touch of Krishna - Oil Painting
And recently included the Krishna theme in jewels designed :

This has a beautiful  hand painted Radha-Krishna pendant with many pearl strands. Without Radha , anything related to Krishna is not complete.
 Below is the one with a pendant hand painted, with two strands of semi precious beads.

This one is again Radha Krishna hand painted pendant , with semi precious bead strands.

These and many more hand crafted jewels you can view in our page : Pranjalika Collections
Planning to paint a saree with Krishna theme. Will share about that in coming posts.
In my previous post shared about Patachitra Paintings , in next post share about the process behind making of Patachitra.

Until then, 
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Patachitra- Paintings that narrate stories- Pride of Orissa

It has been more than 2 months , I haven't written any post. Missed all the posts written by my blogger friends. Life was hectic for few days, till now its the same, but could not stay away from blogosphere for long. I had many plans - like writing about sarees of India, different arts ad crafts of world, different kind of jewels etc. But could not. Thought  let me start with this post.
Its always been my wish to visit craftsmen of different places and have a close look of their works, how the arts and crafts have become their life etc.I consider myself lucky that I had got chance to visit some of the craftsmen and see their works. Hope I will get some more chances to view the works of the craftsmen at their places. Still crafts lovers like me get such chances when we visit some craft fest or exhibition. Recently I got such opportunity when I visited a craft fest. I could see many crafts from exhibitors from all over India, will share about all in my posts. In this post sharing about Patachithra painting - a traditional painting from Orissa.
Patachitra derives from two Sanskrit words- Pata means canvas and Chitra means painting. Though most of the paintings are made depending on stories of Mahabharatha and Ramayana, the popular ones are of paintings of Lord Jagannath, like the below one.
 Below one is depicting story of Ramayana,

The middle of the painting is crowning ceremony of Shri Rama ( Hindu God). And the surrounding the centre picture there is series of pictures depicting stories of Ramayana. The painting has a border. The borders are of two types , geometrical or floral.
There is a special process for making the canvas and to paint. There are different motifs which are used in the paintings. Also I want o boast about the Patachithra I own, but all in the next post.

Until then, 
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Cute... cuter....cutest dolls

Dolls ...who doesn't like dolls... Dolls have been part of human being's life from ancient time. Human being used clay, wood , metal etc to make dolls . The archaeologists have found metal dolls from Mohenjadaro during excavation.
The Doll made of brass found in excavation of  Monhenjadaro
Image courtesy- Google images
So the history of dolls is quite ancient. There are also evidences that, Greeks and Romans used to bury dolls in children's grave.
Nowadays we find, lots and lots of dolls. Different kinds of dolls are sold by street vendors to the dolls sold in big showrooms, different varieties from handmade to branded ones like Barbie, American Girl etc.
I remember I had learnt making soft toys from one of my craft teachers. I used to gift them to the kids. I really regret I don't have photos of those. Its really nice to convert the the fur and cotton into lively dolls.
Some people are masters of decorating a simple plastic dolls. I got an opportunity to see such collections of cute dolls.
 I have already written about the artist Late.Smt. Manjua. in my previous posts:

 3rd-anniversary of my blog. Happy to write about the most talented lady ...but with tears in my eyes

Lets enter the world of craft- Wire handbags made by Smt. Manjula

In this post sharing about the cute dolls decorated by Late. Smt. Manjula
Here are those dolls,


This is a doll depicting western bride , made of wood. Its looks so lovely and lively, you can see the shyness  in the eyes of the dolls.
The below one is doll transformed to look like Kerala woman. Specialty is the  white saree with Gold border and the hairstyle. 
 The below one is doll with water pot, this one is done so perfect, that you can see the doll is decorated with a cloth with normal print, so that it is made to look like  a woman busy with household work
A Kathakali (An Indian Dance form) dancer
Manipuri(An Indian dance form ) dancer 
This one  really shows the artistic capabilities of Smt. Manjula.  .
Doll made to look like a Banjara woman (About Banjara or Lambani you can read here .) 
You can see the Banjara embroidery made on the cloth.

 The below one a plastic doll transformed into a Lambani woman. In this also you can see very fine mirror work and embroidery made on the clothes of the doll.
The back side is also decorated with Banjara Embroidery. This shows the perfection of the artist in her work.

All dolls are very cute, in fact, each one is cute, cuter and cutest doll. :)

Soon will write about the crochet works of Smt. Manjula. 

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

 


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Suggi - A harvest folk dance

In India harvest is celebrated in many ways. In our district (North Kanara, Karnataka), its celebrated by performing a dance "Suggi" by the farmers.
Suggi, dress itself is very colorful. Mainly it contains "Turai"- which is worn on head of the dancer. This is made of Solawood. "Gudigar ", a community of artists makes this.( About  Gudigars I have written in my previous post)
Here are some pictures  of making the Turai,
These are the Solawood collected by the artist
The solawood will be peeled , made into small pieces and colored with dark pink.
Also some white and colored flowers are made for decoration.
Then these are arranged on a thin stick.


The decorated sticks are made into colorful bunch. Here you can see an artist arranging the colorful sticks:
This is very beautiful , the completed bunches :
"Turai", is very specific to "Suggi". Most of the  dancers wear this on the head. All the dancers, go to temples and few houses , and perform the "Suggi ". They dance to the a Rhythmic music. Its really lovely to see the happiness of the farmers in the form of their dance.
"Suggi" , dancers( the image is not so clear :( )
Now a days some of the dancers dress differently also :
Here are the dancers , dressed as a woman and one more as Hanuman,

They perform the dance up to Holi  ( A festival which is celebrated with colors)
Now as other folk dances of India, this is also a vanishing. A very few farmers are left who perform this dance form.
Every year during March month I remember about "Suggi". I really miss watching "Suggi". This year collected these pictures from my brother, to share about this folk dance with you all.
Soon will share about many arts and crafts...

Until then,
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dhareshwara- Don't miss to visit this ancient temple

If you are traveling on NH 17 connecting Mangalore and Goa, then don't miss to visit this small ancient temple- Dhareshwara. I don't know the exact time of construction of this temple. It is one of the five temples which has Atmalinga, so I guess these five temples must be constructed at same time.
Other five temples are :
  • Mahabaleshwara – Gokarna
  • Sajjeshwar – Near Karwar
  • Dhareshwar –On NH 17 between Mangalore and Goa
  • Gunavanteshwar –On NH 17 between Mangalore and Goa
  • Murudeshwar – This temple is also on NH17, about which I have already written in the following posts:  
    • Murudeshwara- Temple on Seashore
    • Murudeshwara- The story of Aatmalinga

      Its a very small temple. This is how it looks ,
      There is a small pond, (Pushkarani) in front of the temple:

      Entrance of the temple :
      Once yo enter the temple, yo can see beautifully carved interior of the temple 

      Some sculptress on the exterior of the temple: 



       
       Though its small temple, attracts because of its ancient history. What I am feeling is it should be maintained properly.But its worth to give a visit to this temple, if you are traveling on NH17 connecting Mangalore and Goa.
      Many more to share with you, but in next posts,

       Until then,
      Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
      -Ranjana

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Some unique jewels in our collection

After a long break returning back to blogosphere. Missed all the bloggers , their blogposts and of course the readers very much.
The reason behind being away from blogosphere is I did not have time (Hmmm same old reason :-) ) I was busy in roaming , I was busy in completing some of my art and craft projects, moreover I was busy in designing handcrafted imitation jewels! And  I am very happy to share some unique designs with you all.
Here is the one I liked the most :

This is made of long gemstone beads and synthetic coral rose in the middle. The color is very unique and this goes well with any kind of dress.
The below one is a jhumka.The specialty of this Jhumka is the Green jhumka is carved stone, which I got from Rajasthan. I have attached the Gold color beads and stud to this.
The below one is very trendy and elegant. This has a leaf shaped side pendant and 2 strands of teal green 8 mm glass crystals with matching earrings.
The below are Meenakari. I can say Meenakari is pride of India. Very intricately done enamel work. I have attached a pendant to the Meenakari Haslis( the curved pipes)

The below one is Pearl and Coral combination It has synthetic coral carved bead as side pendant and strings of pearls.

You  can view and also buy all these jewels , visiting Pranjalika Collections . If you like jewels please like the page too.
 Very happy to share all these handcrafted jewels with you all. Soon starting series about different kinds of jewels . Feeling relaxed after coming back to blogosphere. I have lots to share with you, this journey will continue.

Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lets enter the world of craft- Wire handbags made by Smt. Manjula

In my last post I have written about the most talented lady , Late .Smt Manjula. She is not with us  today, but her works in arts and crafts will be always inspirational to art and craft lovers.
In this post sharing about wire handbags  made by her. Few years back making handbags from colorful wires was popular craft. Even I remember my mother making wire handbag. But most of the handbags I have seen have common designs. I was amazed to see the different kinds of handbags made by Smt. Manjula.
Here are some I can share:
 Cute Pink and White combination with little rose as lock.
Here is the closer view of the weaving, and if you know about wire weaving you can observe that the weaving is reversed. Hats off to her creativity!
Here are some more:
Blue and White combination with double straps
 Handbag with Black and Green combination
 This is something different, flower shape, I guess this was made using crochet.
This is a shopping bag and the weaving is in Pentagon shape.
This is made with beads, and it has a small outer pocket also.
 The outer pocket has the bead hangings .
Each piece is unique and very innovative.  The color combination, weaving and pattern, everything is perfect.
This shows Smt. Manjula's interest in craft.
This journey into the world of arts and crafts doesn't end here, I will write about about the crochet works by Late. Smt. Manjla , in my next post.

Until then,
Love , laugh and live the life to the fullest,
-Ranjana


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