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  • Training in Paper Mache Dolls Empower Women in Srirangam

    Empowering a woman is the best way to take not just her family but the entire nation forward. Empowered women create a ripple effect to transform the lives of people around them. Working on this axiom, the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (Poompuhar) organized a six month training programme for making paper Mache Dolls to 50 women in Srirangam.


    This training will encourage the fifty women to create a self-help group to eke a livelihood, (something that they have already done under the name of Thaayar SHG). The trainees were taught the art of making Papier Mache dolls so that they can create dolls of various Gods and Goddesses and famous personalities. These dolls have a good market in Srirangam as it is a pilgrimage centre.

    Trainees were provided with an infrastructure kit that contained moulding component, wheel, brushes, axe and knife and a stipend of Rs. 3,000 along with the certificate by T.P. Poonachi, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries at the valediction function of the training programme.

    These trained women will be able to produce not just dolls but also various other Papier Mache products for other markets too. It will immensely help in improving the economic condition of these women in the Srirangam region. These Papier Mache dolls are also available at the many Poompuhar outlets throughout the country.

  • Festival of Lamps Exhibition in Chennai

    Just like the houses that light up and glitter in the night during Diwali in the North, houses in the southern part of India light up and shine during Kartigai Deepam. This festival of light is akin to Diwali celebrated in the Northern part of India. Kartigai Deepam is an important festival celebrated in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka.


    Kartigai Deepam falls on the full moon day of the Kartigai month, when the moon is in conjunction with the constellation Karthigai (Pleiades) and pournami. This constellation appears as a group of six stars in the firmament in the shape of a pendant from the ear. In Indian mythology, the six stars are considered as the six celestial nymphs who reared the six babies in the saravana tank which later were joined together to form the six faced Muruga. He is therefore called Karthikeya, the incarnation of Lord Shiva as his second son after Lord Ganesha. Later the six forms were made into six children and each of them were brought up by the six Karthigai nymphs which were ultimately merged into one by his mother Parvati.

    As the festival approaches, a few lamps are lit in the front of the house in the evening throughout the month. On the Kartigai Deepam day, the whole house is lit up. These lamps represent Surya and Agni. Weeks before the auspicious month, all kinds of lamps are brought out, cleaned, and polished to be lit. New lamps are also bought to light up the house. The lamps look very beautiful when all lit up and add spirituality and auspiciousness to the occasion.

    People buy various kinds of lamps for the festival depending on their budget - from brass ones to terracotta, bronze, soapstone and what not. These lamps come in all kinds of shapes and designs.

    One of the best places to look for these lamps would be at Poompuhar. The ongoing “Festival of Lamps” exhibition features more than 150 different kinds of lamps. Here you will find the Ashtalakshmi Deepam, Mangala Deepam, Vinayagar Maada Deepam, Navagraha Deepam, Thulasi Maada Deepam, etc. Brass lamps that are up to two feet tall can also be bought here. Besides brass, a wide range of terracotta lamps that are priced from Rs 15 to Rs 500 are available at the exhibition.

    Rush to the “Festival of Lamps” exhibition at Poompuhar Sales Showroom, Anna Salai, Chennai till 30th November, 2015 and can scout for some newly designed lamps to light your house this year.

  • New Training Initiative - Papier Mache & Nathaswara Seevali

    As per the announcement of the Hon’ble Minister of Rural Industries & Labour in the Legislative Assembly, we have implemented a 6-month Training Scheme in Papier mache doll making for 50 women at Srirangam and Nathaswara Seevali making training for 10 trainees. In this connection a function was organized in Trichy on 20th November, 2015 in which the following dignitaries participated along with FM, AM (F) & AM (DC), Head Office:-

    Hon’ble Minister for Khadi
    Hon’ble Government Whip
    Mayor of Trichy Corporation
    Local MLA’S
    District Collector, Trichy

    The following trainees were selected by the Chief Trainer for first, second and third prize, Prize for regular attendance:

    S.Jayasree - First Prize

    N. Renganayaki - Second Prize

    P.Vasu Devi - Third Prize

    Vedha - For Regular Attendance

    They were given brass lamps worth Rs. 2000/-, Rs. 1500/- and Rs. 1000/- respectively.






  • Festival of Lamps in Coimbatore

    “Festival of Lamps” exhibition inaugurated by Chennai Corporation Commissioner Dr. Vijaya Karthikeyan IAS, at Poompuhar Sales Showroom in Coimbatore


  • Festival of Lamps in Erode

    “Festival of Lamps” exhibition inaugurated at Poompuhar Sales Showroom in Erode. Inauguration done by District collector Dr. S Prabhakar, IAS.



    ‘Natyanjali’ is a festival of dance. The word Natyanjali is composed of two words; ‘natya’, which means dance and ‘anjali’ which means offering. So,Natyanjali is a festival, where dancers devote their dance and reverence to the Lord of Dance i.e. Lord Nataraja.

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    Natyanjali festival falls in the Tamil month of Masi; which coincides with the English months of February and March. In Tamil Nadu, at Chidambaram, Natyanjali festival is celebrated at the Nataraja Temple.Dancers from all across India participate in this festival to dedicate their dance to Lord Nataraja; the dancing manifestation of Lord Shiva. All the forms of classical dances i.e. the Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, MohiniAttam, Odissi, etc.are performed by well-known dancers.Besides having a religious significance, the Natyanjali festival is also a great occasion to revive the spirit of ‘unity in diversity’ as dancers from all over India perform at a common platform. Each group of dancers gets around 20 – 30 minutes to perform their dance recitals.

    To express devotion and to worship Lord Shiva in a unique style, in the year 1981, an annual event of a combined dance program was organized. This tradition of performing at a concert has since then been carried out each year. Natyanjali has developed not only as a National Festival,but has also gained international fame. It is a five day event in which more than 300 dancers show their dancing talent in the traditional dress and offer it to Lord Nataraja. The celebration starts from the day of MahaShivaratri.

    Initially,this annual classical Indian dance festival was celebrated at the Chidambaram Temple only, but now it is also organized at other temples in Thanjavur, Mayavaram, Nagapatinam, Chennai, Thirunallar,etc.  An interesting fact about the festival is that it was started in Chidambaram by a Muslim person, as a mark of religious integrity. He began by teaching dance to children from Dheekshidar, without charging any remuneration for it. He mixed his own compositions with Kirthanas.

    The celebration of this festival is the result of collective effort by the Tourism Department of Tamil Nadu and the Natyanjali Trust within the vicinity of the Shiva Temples.

  • Vaikunta Ekadashi

    Tamil Nadu is the state where many festivals are celebrated. One of these festivals is Vaikunta Ekadashi.

    It occurs during the Pausha month of the Hindu calendar, which falls between the end of December and January. It is believed that on this day the gateway of Lord Vishnu’s inner Sanctum is opened for the devotees to attain Vaikuntha i.e. the Heaven. It is also believed that devotees who worship on this day would be pardoned for their sins.

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    Vaikuntha Ekadashi is the day which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is obligatory to fast on this day as it is considered to be very auspicious. On this day, in the Vishnu Temples all over the world, Yagnas, special prayers, speeches and discussions are organized. Devotees meditate and chant Lord Vishnu’s name the whole day and they also stay awake the whole night and visit Vishnu temples as the doors of Heaven are believed to be kept open. As per the legend in the Padma Purana, the Devas were saved from the oppression of a demon named Muran, by the female energy of Lord Vishnu, who killed him. Vishnu was impressed and named her ‘Ekadashi’ and gave her the boon that whoever worshipped her on the day of her victory over Muran, will be able to reach Vaikunth, His dwelling. A door look like structure is put up in the Temples for the followers to pass through, to represent Vaikunth Dwar.The consumption of rice is prohibited on the Ekadashi days as it is believed that the demon Mura dwells in them if eaten in those days.

    This festival is of great importance in the Tirupati Balaji Temple, the Srirangam Sri Ranganathan Temple and at the Bhadrachalam Temple.

    This festival signifies that the feelings of envy, obsession, apathy, arrogance, etc. in humans should be overpowered so as to attain purity of mind and soul and hence, moksha. That is why fasting is obligatory on this day, because fasting enables people to keep their emotions in control which can be triggered by consuming certain kinds of food. This year, this auspicious day is to fall on December 21.


    When it comes to handicrafts, the various types of beautifully crafted items come to mind and the wonderful fact is that most of them are available at Poompuhar in Tamil Nadu!

    Now, if we think of handcrafted items in textiles, Poompuhar has many things to offer. For example, the expertise with which the handbags of various sizes and shapes are made is worth appreciation.

    Mini hand bags are available of the dimensions 12x10x1 inches and 14x10x1 inches which have been priced at Rs. 700 each. Both the bags are differentyet unique in their shapes and colors.

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    A hand crafted textile hand bag of 14x10x1 inch dimensions, having a stunning design with elephants, peacocks, trees and flowers on it and having long straps is available at Rs. 650.

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    There is a college bag,called joolna bag, which is of the dimensions 14x10x1 inches. This lovely bag is priced at Rs. 1,050.

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    Another beautiful hand bag of the dimension 12x10x1 inches, is available with an impressive patch work on it. It is priced at Rs. 1,650.

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    Another12x14x1 inch silk bag of a lovely shape with beaded handle to add to its beauty, has a beautiful floral design on it. This gorgeous bag is available at justRs. 950.

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    A 12x10x1 handcrafted textile silk purse is available at Rs. 950. An elegant design enhances its look. Yet another 12x10x1 inch hand crafted textile silk hand bag is available at Rs. 950. It has stripes on it along with a nice design. Its handle has been made in a stylish braided way.

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    Besides these bags, there are attractive wall hangings of various sizes and shapes made out of silk and other handmade textiles. A 10x14x1 inch wall hanging with the picture ofan elephant, a camel and a horse in a landscape orientation is available at Rs. 1,750.

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    Another silk wall hanging of the dimension 19x11x1 inches which has been artistically handcrafted with peacock design is available at a price of Rs 1,950.

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    A silk handcrafted wall hanging of the dimension 18x 6x1 inches with elephant design is available in portrait orientation.

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    Ties, runners and dinning sets are some other attractive things which are made out of the handcrafted textiles and put for sale at very reasonable prices.

    These lovely pieces of art not only add beauty, but also talk about the owner’s aesthetic sense and style.

  • Festival of Lamps exhibition at Poompuhar Sales showroom

    “Festival of Lamps” exhibition at Poompuhar Sales showroom, Anna Salai,‪ Chennai‬ from 12-30th November. The exhibition was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister for Rural Industries & Labour, Thiru P Mohan in the presence of Thiru Harmandar Singh, IAS, Principal Secretary to Government of the Handicrafts, Textiles & Khadi Department and Dr. Santhosh Babu, IAS, Chairman and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd on 12th November 2015.






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