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  • Waste Material Usage at Its Best Only at Poompuhar

    Have you ever thought of using waste materials for making beautiful crafts instead of dumping them? Well, most of you think about it but few have that artistic skill to give shape to their imagination. Poompuhar has not only think about it but even applied it by designing wonderful range of painting, sculptures and wall paintings that is sure to struck you by awe.

    You can use different types of waste materials like old frames, matchsticks and other sorts of materials for decorating your living room or bedroom. It will not only make you a fashion icon and also allow you to fulfil your responsibility towards environment.

    Transforming old fries into fabrics

    You can make use of old frames by decorating them with fabrics. At poompuhar you will find that how beautifully they have given a new shape to a worn out frame.

    Bring creatures on walls

    One needs not to have specialised skills for decorating their home. In fact a minimum knowledge of painting can do. Every one of us have colour paper at our place and do you know that those colour paper can turn you room decor into a masterpiece? You can create butterflies by cutting the papers and paste them on your wall.

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    Using Graffiti

    There was a time when graffiti’s were not given the status of art but nowadays it is quite in trend. You can arrange graffiti on the walls of your living room. However one needs to have good skills for turning your rooms with graffiti. You can find beautifully designed graffiti at poompuhar.

    Transferring Polka dots on walls

    We all love to wear shirts with polka dots but have you ever thought of decorating it on your walls.  One can paste different shapes of circles on wall and become a style icon inform of your guests.

    Use old furniture for decorating your home

    We often get attached to our old furniture or some articles and don’t want to throw them out while renovating your home. If you are recently planning to renovate your home and cannot think about the ways to incorporate old items that are so dear to you.  Get some ideas for using the worn out furniture in your renovated home.

    Add new colour: With time colour of furniture fades away and in order to give them a new look you can paint them. However you have to select a colour which is in trend now. In fact you can check out the wonderful range of furniture at Poompuhar.

    Combining old and new: One can seek the attention of their guests by keeping a right balance between vintage furniture and contemporary furniture. You can put single vintage item and decorate it with bright clothes and place it amidst new furniture.

    Thus, it can be said that you can use old and torn materials for adding a new charm and beauty to your house. You are able to show off your decorative house to your guests and your guest will surely going to fall in love with creative art.

  • Terracotta Art – Creating Art from Earth

    Terracotta is an art of moulding earth into beautiful art. It is an ancient art dating back to 700 BC. Sculptures of Goddess, Gods, cart frames, and wheels have been unearthed from various sites from Indus Valley, verifying that it was first originated in India. Terracotta items were also largely used in trade deeds at that time, for example, trade seals.

    This art is appreciated around the world and is becoming a hobby for many creative individuals. This art is known to bring your imagination to life and it requires patience and dedication. There are many institutes which teach you how to create this art from a handful of mud.

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    Terracotta art has been an essential part of Indian heritage and it has not lost its significance with time. If anything, terracotta art has been more popular and in high demand as artists have adopted with time and kept innovating. It has been passed along through generations. Today India exports many beautiful terracotta objects such as statues, urns, attractive bells, wall painting, oil lamps, and so on. This art has proved to be a very profitable for artists as it is always in demand with customers. In India, you can find terracotta artists in almost every village and city; however, there are few states which are famous for their distinct form of terracotta art.

    Rural areas of the West Bengal are known for creating beautiful terracotta pots, collectibles like attractive horses, household, and decorative items. Famous towns in West Bengal known for terracotta art are Murshidabad, Jessore, Birbhaum, Digha, and Hooghly. The terracotta art form was introduced in Bengal in the 16th century by Vaishnavite association. Their patterns generally describe the details to the community for which the art is created. In Darbhanga city in Bihar, horses are regular objects of terracotta art. Other animals’ sculptures signify major events or festivals such as elephants statutes are used during marriages. Artists from Gundiyali region in Bhuj, Gujrat create attractive clay pots with geometrical designs. Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir are some Indian state famous for terracotta art. Famous terracotta items which are created by artists are birds, animal figures like horses, elephants, snakes tigers, cow, elephants, buffalos, large statues of Hindu Gods.  In Tamil Nadu, few villagers have shaped enormous hollow horses with intricate decorations which are known to be the world's biggest hollow clay statues.

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    Terracotta art has survived since the 15th century due to its resourcefulness. From being used to create home décor items to building temples and building, terracotta is used for all. This building material is available in abundance universally. The know-how was developed after people learned the art of baking clay and started using it to design more permanent buildings, in case of inaccessibility to other materials like stones or woods. One of the best examples of terracotta architecture can be found in Bishnupura in Bankura district of West Bengal. It is the most popular and beautiful terracotta temple with extraordinary figurines and sculptures.

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  • An insight into South Indian Stone Carving and Sculptures

    Stone carving is an ancient activity of shaping rough natural stones through controlled removal of stone. It is a process employed by an artist while making a sculpture. Stone carving is mostly preferred over wood or metal work as many types of stones are easier to find than metal ores. Stone carvings last much longer than woodwork as stone is more durable than wood. Also the availability of varieties, quality and color among stones make it a choice of material to start off with the process of sculpting.

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    The stones commonly used in sculpting are easily carved soft stones such as soapstone and pumice. Limestone and marble is also popularly used. Certain hard stones like granite and basalt form a beautiful finishing and are carved with special iron or steel tools. The crucial point in the process of sculpturing is the quality of the material used. The sculptor has to go into thorough details regarding the quality, texture and color of the stone before proceeding to work. The art of stone carving and sculpting is almost similar to the measurements, techniques and details set out for Shilpa Shastra. The enthusiastic and dedicated sculptors of South India have always worked creatively with the indigenous and extremely durable variety of the stone available to construct beautiful temples and sculptures.

    The astonishing temples that glorify south India are from Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. These states were ruled by various dynasties of Pallavas, Chalukyas, Viajayanagar Empire, Kakatiyas, Cholas, Rashtrakutas and Gangas and all the architecture reflects the culture and tradition of each dynasty in which it was built. The glory of south Indian temple architecture can best be seen at Meenakshi Temple at Madurai. The magnificent temple features a thousand pillared mandapas, huge reliefs and tall gateways.

    The sculptor’s unique sense skill can also be seen in the other temples of the region. At Chidambaram, there is a beautiful temple featuring the 108 mudras of the Natya Shastra while at Kanchipuram one can see a number of the temples reflecting the culture of Pallava and Nayak dynasty.

    Rock cut temple sculpture is mainly the contribution of Rashtrakutas period which exhibits Jainism and Buddhism culture. The temples beautifully depict mythological gods and goddesses from Hindu puranas on their outer walls.

    Sangam period witnessed more artistic and nature inspired elements that can well be seen on the deities inside Chidambaram Thillai Nataraja Temple and the Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple of Tamil Nadu. The Pallavas period introduced a new phase in art at that time. They introduced incredible and novel ways of artistic expression in sculpting. Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) is the biggest example of such art form. Made from granite and dressed stone Mahabalipuram exhibits dream world of amazing tamil stone art and architechture.

    Sculptures of Chalukya dynasty are mainly found in the state of Karnataka. Standing tall on a lotus Gomateshwara monolith is considered as the major sculpture of Ganga dynasty in Karnataka and has been carved from fine grained white granite. Temples built by Kakatiya dynasty of Warangal are those at Palampeta, Hanamkonda and the Warangal fort, displaying both the love for architecture and the zest of sculpting.

    The distinct feature of south Indian sculpture is that they redefined and provided a unique identity to the art of sculpturing in India.


    The Hindu God Shiva is popularly known as Nataraja; which is a Sanskrit word meaning – ‘Lord of Dance’. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is a cosmic dancer, whose dance destroys the weary world and paves way for God Brahma to start the process of creation. The Nataraj form of Lord Shiva originated in the Southern India by the artists of the Chola period(880-1279CE).

    The sculptures of Lord Shiva are symbolic. The cosmic dance of Shiva; also called ‘Anandatandava’, means‘The dance of Bliss’. It was in the presence of the gods and took place at the center of the universe. Shiva is seen with four arms in the poised pose of tribhanga; in Bharatanatyam. These four hands depict the four main directions i.e. the East, West, North and South. In the upper right hand of Shiva is a small drum, also called ‘damru’. It personifies the sound of creation. The lower right raised hand signifies protection. The lower left hand symbolizes peace and being calm during times of trouble or at the time of misery. The idol has a snake in his handand it can also be seen uncoiling from the lower right forearm of Shiva and entwined within his hair. It stands for goddess Ganga in Shiva’s hair.In the Nataraja form, Shiva is seen dancing on the aureole of flames with his right leg lifted and left leg balanced over a demon or dwarf (Apasmara). This personifies the victory over ignorance. The artisans have amazingly taken care of visualizing the minutest details of the symbolic sculpture; for example how the dwarf looks at Shiva with his head turned when he is standing on his back or the beautifully crafted jewelry of Lord Shiva.

    It depicts the continuous process of creation and destruction; which is a natural phenomenon and the basis of existence. The Shiva dance is of two forms; which depicts the two aspects of Shiva’s nature – he destroys so as to create. The gentle form of dance which is called ‘Lasya’ is associated with the creation of the world. The second form of dance is the violent and dangerous one; which is called the ‘Tandava’, which is associated with the destruction of this world.

    Most of the Shiva temples in South of India have sculptures of the form of Shiva which is also called ‘Sabesan’ by the Tamil people. It means ‘The Lord who dances on the dais’. The sculptures are mostly made in bronze and are considered as ‘The symbol of Indian Culture’.

    These beautiful and eye catching works of art depicting the dance of Nataraja can be seen in Poompuhar. The wonderful sculptures can be bought from the Tamilnadu Handicraft Development Corporation; which is a Government of Tamil Nadu undertaking. These carefully crafted pieces of art have little variations which makes each sculpture unique and magnificent in itself. These four splendid works of the artisans are:-

    • Nataraja Antique finish- As the name suggests, it has a finish which gives it an antique look. Its price starts from Rs 5000.

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    • Nataraja polish- Its price starts from Rs 3000.

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    • Brass Nataraja polish- Its price starts from Rs 1,729 and it has a brass polish on it.

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    • Brass Nataraja Antique finish- Its price isRs 420 onwards.

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    The beautiful and meaningful pieces of handicraft have acquired appreciation world- wide. They have been carefully crafted taking into consideration each and every bit of the details, which makes them all the more appealing.

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