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With its upcoming sale and auction Saffronart will try to venture into the depth and diversity of India's indigenous art traditions

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Mumbai, April 12, 2017: In a unique coming-together of interior decoration and India’s traditional folk and tribal art, a number of objects highlighting the country’s vast cultural history will go under the hammer at two of Saffornart’s upcoming online sales.

Distinct elements that bear testimony to the traditional beauty and craftsmanship of Indian folk art will be presented by ‘The Design Sale’ (April 18-19) and ‘Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art’ (April 19-20).

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According to Hugo Weihe, CEO of Saffronart, “With ‘Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art’ auction, we continue our efforts to establish and develop folk and tribal art as an important category at Saffronart. The lots on offer represent the depth and diversity of India’s indigenous art traditions.”

The ‘Living Traditions, Folk and Tribal Art’ sale will feature objects such as breastplates and masks, widely utilized as an important part of religious and social rituals and ceremonies.

An 18th-century bronze breastplate from Karnataka/ Kerala with subtly detailed cobras, estimated at Rs 12 15 lakhs, will lead the sale, mentioned PTI report.

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Weighe added, “Their significance in Indian customs goes back centuries. These traditions continue to inspire modern and contemporary artists in India and around the world, while offering collectors a chance to acquire an aspect of Indian culture that has long been overlooked.”

On the other hand, the ‘Design Sale’ will feature iconic modernist designs by visionaries like Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and George Nakashima. A substantial collection of Art Deco furniture of the 1920s and 30s will be included as well.

Art Deco, first showcased in India by influential royal families, trade merchants and well travelled entrepreneurs who had seen it in Europe, brought new styles and ideas to Indian design.

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According to PTI reports, A set of two ‘Grass-Seated Chairs’ in sheesham with rope by George Nakashima is estimated at Rs 1.7 – 2.20 lakhs. The estimated price of a ‘Chandelier’ by Barovier & Toso in murano glass and brass is nearly Rs 5 – 7 lakhs.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC