India in Dolls
Colorful world of the great India appears before the
audience as 52 dolls dressed in traditional costumes common for the various
peoples of the country (of practically all Indian states), for different casual
and ceremonial situation. One can see how many-sided is the population of India
that is bow home for more than 1 billion people. There are dolls in national
cloths worn by men and women in different regions of the country by its numerous
peoples. It is enough to mention the yet little known to the Russian audience
names of tribes - Santhal, Muria, Naga, Bodo, Bhil, Toda, Banjara (Indian
gypsies) and others. Not only famous sari and dhoti are worn in India but also
salwars, pyjamas, kurtas, kameez, shawls, scarves turbans and others. Bridal
dresses including the ones having special decorations attract special attention.
Indian brides' dresses reflect the most characteristic features of national
costumes as they are remarkable for their color and rich decorations.
An absolutely distinctive group of the dolls
tells about the classical Indian dance. Its main styles - Odissi, Bharat Natyam
and Mohini Attam are represented. Not only the dancers' clothes are important
but different dance poses in which these dolls are depicted as well. Dolls that
represented characters of the theatre performance Kathakali also give a very
exact image of the most difficult make-up - a constituent part of each character
of Mahabharata or Ramayana epics.
exhibition India in Dolls was presented by Consulate General of Republic of
India in St.Petersburg.