Sankranthi Haridasu from Kondapalli

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Kondapalli Bommalu

The significant aspect of a haridasu is that he never stops to ask for alms or charity. In fact, he does not speak at all, only sings eulogies of the lord. In the rural areas, people respectfully wash his feet, pay their obeisance and seek his blessings. He bends down to allow access to the Akshaya Patra on his head in which people put rice or money. As long as they are in this avatar, they eat only once a day in the night.

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  • Light-weight wooden toys
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The significant aspect of a haridasu is that he never stops to ask for alms or charity. In fact, he does not speak at all, only sings eulogies of the lord. In the rural areas, people respectfully wash his feet, pay their obeisance and seek his blessings. He bends down to allow access to the Akshaya Patra on his head in which people put rice or money. As long as they are in this avatar, they eat only once a day in the night.

With the onset of Dhanur Masam, the Haridasu cries out in joy and praise, narrating tales of the old. He visits every household that dots the village street, carrying the word of Lord Vishnu in his euphoric songs. In hopes of reviving the spirit of celebration and colour, the Telugu artisans of Kondapalli find the right balance between traditional and contemporary with brilliant use of form and colour. Weaving unforgettable narratives, the artisans of Kondapalli dedicate themselves to this ancestral craft. Kondapalli wooden toy-making is a well-acclaimed craft with origins in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, India. With over six centuries of experience, today’s version of the art is both efficient in its creation and outstanding in appeal. 

The artisans select a local form of wood known as 'Tella Poniki', a variety that seems to be manifested for woodworking. Soft in nature, the artisans effortlessly chisel the wood into works of art that transcend the boundaries of time. One such timeless celebration of art is Sankranthi's Bommala Koluvu display where families gather around and arrange the toys in a narrative. Apart from bringing people together, handicraft connects the core of humankind through the glory of human creation.

Clad in holy saffron, the extravagant Haridasu is compared to Narada the sage. These Vishnu devotees roam the streets throughout the month preceding Sankranti in the name of relentless devotion and attachment to cause. The Sankranti Haridasu is an image that strongly evokes the spirit of traditional Sankranthi. His presence resonates with masses across the nation, marking the beginning of festivity. 

The talented men and women of Kondapalli channel their souls through a craft that owns a special place in their community. Each piece as unique as the next, the toys of Kondapalli Manifesting the glory of ancient India and her kaleidoscope art forms, the men and women of Kondapalli join hands to keep their exuberant craft alive.