knows that lamps give out light. But there is also
an important facet associated with lamps. Lamps that
are made aesthetically in different shapes and sizes
add new glamour to the room and increase the beauty
of interiors. Such kind of beautifully designed lamps
are on display at the arts and crafts village at Shilparamam.
Numerous craftsmen have gathered from across India
to display their lamps and lampshades made with different
material like mud, glass, brass, bamboo, silk and
artisans from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tripura,
Pondicheri are displaying the delicate and attractive
lamps made with lot of effort. Lalta Prasad Prajapathi
is an artisan who came all the way from Uttar Pradesh
carrying with him marvellous lamps made with black
mud taken from the terai region of Uttar Pradesh.
The elephant lamps, monkey lamps, deer lamps, camel
lamps, chariot lamps, telephone stands, and lanterns
made by Prajapathi are beautifully designed and are
coated with different colours. The wonderful lamps
have all the ingredients to transform your interiors
into something special. The lamps range in price from
Rs 200 to Rs 1200 depending upon the size.
Rakshit is another artisan who came from North Eastern
state of Tripura to display his craftsmanship. His
stall has the lamps skillfully woven with thin layers
of bamboo, which have become the cynosure of all eyes
in the crafts village. "Bamboo is a bread
and butter to many of us. As bamboo is abundantly
available in Tripura we make many beautiful objects
entwined with bamboo. People like them as they have
their own specialty", says Rakshit who runs a
handicrafts shop in Agartala. The bamboo lamps and
lampshades cost between Rs 100 and Rs 550.
Kullayappa's stall is another interesting stall in
the exhibition. He is showcasing lampshades and puppets
made with leather. Hailing from Anantapur district
of Andhra Pradesh, Kullayappa is trying to save the
dying art form of puppet making. Felicitated by the
government for his excellent work Kullayappa does
not miss an opportunity to display his art form. "Whenever
there is a trade fair or festival I go and exhibit
my products . I also educate people about this art
form which is slowly vanishing", says Khande
Kullayappa. Kullayappa participated in almost all
the major arts and crafts festivals held in various
cities like Delhi, Surajkund, Udaipur and Gwalior.
Although the puppet making is diminishing but Kullayappa
is unperturbed by this scenario. "I am happy
to live with this art form which is being practiced
since many centuries by my forefathers", says
sixty five year old Kullayappa.
The response to the Lamp & Lampshades exhibition
has been tremendous from the denizens of the city.
Men, women, children everyone is enjoying the exhibition.
" I have never seen so many varieties of lamps
and lampshades in my life. I would like to
carry something from this exhibition and the items
are not very expensive either", says Sujatha,
a housewife from Banjara Hills. Although the
response has been good from the crowd but profit wise
the artisans are not really happy. " We are
getting positive response from the people. They are
appreciating our work but when it comes to buying,
they bargain a lot. And ultimately we had to sell
them at a much cheaper rate than the actual price",
moans Lalta Prasad Prajapathi.