Colorful Sankranti Haridas theme - Kondapalli Bommalu

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Kondapalli Bommalu

The Kondapalli artisan depicts the Haridasu bent down on one knee as the woman pours alms into the Akshaya Patra which he wears as headgear. She listens to the songs of praise and mythology sung by the Haridasu and acknowledges his call for charity by filling the platter on his head with rice, grain or money. Due to the cultural context of this toy, it makes appearances in the Bommala Koluvu, a gathering of Kondapalli artefacts that mark the season of Sankranti in South India.

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One cannot find a better example of persistence and passion than the ardent artisans of Kondapalli, Andhra Pradesh. These artisans belong to a community of Aryakhastriyas known for working wood into impressive toys of cultural relevance. This Kondapalli curio is a depiction of the prominent Indian festival − Sankranti, marking the celebration of the Sun God. During this time, the Haridasu comes door-to-door, filling the air with the aura of celebration and tradition. He sings out narratives of mythology and folklore and blesses good fortune upon the household.

The Kondapalli artisan depicts the Haridasu bent down on one knee as the woman pours alms into the Akshaya Patra which he wears as headgear. She listens to the songs of praise and mythology sung by the Haridasu and acknowledges his call for charity by filling the platter on his head with rice, grain or money. Due to the cultural context of this toy, it makes appearances in the Bommala Koluvu, a gathering of Kondapalli artefacts that mark the season of Sankranti in South India.

The Kondapalli artisan pays reverence to the tradition of oral storytelling that has been passed down generations. The rural folk respectfully wash the feet of the Haridasu and consider his arrival a sign of good luck. The timeless art of handicraft reaches its epitome in the hands of these master crafters. They convert raw Poniki wood into toys that transform the look of any interior space. Ideal for both gifting and home decor, these Kondapalli toys are making a constant effort to retain the glorious tradition of handicraft.

Sankranti is the festival of social activities. It's the time when houses are decorated with colorful rangoli, family gather to celebrate together and festive treats are cooked. One special guest during sankranti is "Haridas" who appears in bright garments singing devotional songs. On his head, 

Haridasu carry a pumpkin shaped copper vessel called an ‘Akshaya Patram’ in which alms are offered.