Inauguration of 18th edition of Bombe Mane tomorrow
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Inauguration of 18th edition of Bombe Mane tomorrow

September 7, 2022

The 18th edition of ‘Bombe Mane’ is ready with all-time favourites as well as new additions. Come celebrate the happiness and innocence of ‘Bombe Habba’ this Dasara with the largest doll store of Karnataka — Ramsons Bombe Mane.

Dolls are universally adored. Collecting dolls is popular across the world, but venerating them happens only in few places around the globe especially Mysuru, where doll festival (Bombe Habba) is an enduring tradition since four centuries.

Dolls of King-Queen including those of Gods, humans and animals are diligently placed on a stepped doll altar or ‘Bombe Mettilu’.

Birds and beasts, trees and trains, etc., find a prime place on these steps. Thus, a make belief magical portal of innocence opens up in every household across Mysuru during the ten days of Dasara.

Ramsons is proud to present ever creative ideas in ‘Bombe Mane’ to celebrate this time-honoured tradition.

Special Display Section

As always, Bombe Mane, this year presents the following thematic displays for the viewing pleasure of the connoisseur.

The bejewelled, scarlet faced Goddess Marikamba of Sirsi is a much revered deity of Uttara Kannada. The kaavi painting on the facade and interiors of the temple dedicated to her at Sirsi, is unique to this region, both of these will be on display.

Ramsons celebrated 50 years of its founding in the year 2020; Hasti Mangala, a special expo of elephant in Indian craft, painting and textiles was mounted at the flagship store — Ramsons Handicrafts. A few select masterpieces from this expo will go on display at Bombe Mane.

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Rakshasa Ranga is an attempt to shine light on the positive aspects of the mighty Rakshasas who regularly appear in mythology.

In our performing arts, the Rakshasa characters are portrayed with colours — black, grey, red, etc., with protruding teeth, menacing horns, multiple heads and limbs. Animated and colourful Rakshasas make their appearance in this display section.

Recently, our nation celebrated 75 glorious years of Independence. A few interesting posters and dolls along with the national symbols will also go on display to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.

Auto Fest City

Auto Fest City is the collection of scale models of various automobiles belonging to D’Costa brothers, Clyde and Neil, of Mysuru. Since 1996, they have been passionate chroniclers of the 2,250 licensed scale models of various automobiles spanning five centuries of latter’s evolution. A select few specimens from this collection will be on display.

Varieties of Dolls

Thousands of dolls, handmade by artists in clay, wood, terracotta, ceramic, plaster of paris, paper mesh, metal and cloth have arrived from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Telangana and Odisha.

Puri Jagannatha, Mannargudi Rajagopala, Renuka Yellamma, Devi Vishwaroopa, Chande Mela, Vadiraja Teertha, Mysuru Chamundi, Sirsi Marikamba, Roly Poly Elly (exclusive Ramsons design) and many more.

A set of fridge magnets featuring the magnificent Mysuru Dasara is the highlight this year. These magnets will bring alive Dasara in any household around the planet.

The 18th edition of Bombe Mane, the doll extravaganza of Mysuru, will be inaugurated by Krishnadevaraya, the scion of erstwhile Royal House of Anegundi, at Ramsons Bombe Mane, #91, above Amrapali Saree Store, Nazarbad Main Road, in city tomorrow (Sept. 8) at 6.30 pm. Special display sections will be unveiled by Kaveri Ponnapa, Author and independent writer on heritage, art and food. The expo will be open between 10 am and 7 pm throughout the year.

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Inauguration of 18th edition of Bombe Mane tomorrow”

  1. Jhunjhunwalla says:

    When I was appreciating this ‘Bombe Mane’, at the tail end, the article said: Krishnadevaraya, the scion of erstwhile Royal House of Anegundi,”, appeared which put me off.
    The above so called scion has no place in the 21st cenury India. He could be the direct descendant of Ashoka , but that means nothing really. Similarly there is pretend Wadiyar. an young Urs called Yaduveer, not a direct descendant of Wadiyars, but his adopted mother Pramod a Devi also pretends so.
    Why invite these non-entities to open the expo? Bring in the cultural minister of Karnataka, who would at least help to focus on this Mane. These dolls look fine, but their colours are too gaudy .Plus the colour compositions often includes lead and other ingredients. That is harmful.


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