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    Mangalore- the chief port city of Karnataka is a host to the 4th in a row Handicrafts Expo that is organised by the ‘Poompuhar’ Tamilnadu Handicrafts Development Corporation annually. Inaugurated by Shri Mahabala Maarla, the Mayor of the coastal city, on October 24, 2014; the exhibition is an array of beautiful artefacts that have the magnetic power of attraction. A look at these magnificent pieces of art and one is head over your heels to have them.

    The selection on display includes the intricately patterned saris, devout idols, perfectly etched out lamps and yet many other items of display and sale prepared by 20 odd artisans who hail from different states of India. Mayor Maarla was ensorcelled with the exquisiteness of the craftsmanship. He requested the fellow Mangaloreans to drop by the exhibition and enjoy the richness of the Tamilian ethnology, while addressing the press gathered.

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    The Panchaloha Vishnu Idol [Image Credits: mangaloretoday.com]

    There are quite a few exotic articles that verbalise their making as soon as one casts his sight on them The Panchloha idols are the product of fusing and moulding 5 different metals. The idols of Dakshinamurthy, Ardhanarishwara, Rajarajeshwari, Ganesha and Nataraja are on display at the sale. Anwar, a Poompuhar salesman explains to onlookers that the vegetable print saris are not only beautiful to adorn but also have a medicinal value. They help in maintaining an optimal body temperature by absorbing excess heat radiated by the body. These saris also control the sugar levels in the body of the person who wears them. These sarees are woven by indigenous artisans and have aesthetically pleasing designer prints made of naturally occuring dyes.

    S. Manikandan, Manager at Poompuhar, said that the exhibition has items to please every soul. According to him the last exhibition did wonders in terms of sales and this year he expects an even better turnover.

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    A stall at the Poompuhar Handicrafts Expo, Mangalore [Image Credits: daijiworld.com]

    Poompuhar, a Government of Tamilnadu Undertaking, was established in 1973 and has since worked endlessly to empower the artisans of India, both in terms of vocational training and getting a livelihood coupled with recognition. Visit the Handicrafts Expo at Woodlands Hotel, Mangalore that extends up to November 3rd, 2014. Add a zest of Tamilnadu to your lives!

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