While the tradition of displaying dolls at home as part of the Navaratri celebrations is still being continued in several households, the only difference observed now is keeping in tune with the modern times in the selection of theme.
While in the past, various kinds of dolls were arranged decoratively based on events chosen from mythology or history such as Ramayana, Mahabharatha, Bhagavatha and various other sources all related to Gods and Godesses. But, from last few years a new trend is being observed now.
The issues chosen now are more relevant to the present day problems such as environmental pollution, conservation of natural resources like water, successful launch of Mangalayana by ISRO, effects of globalisation, green cover, Kashmir flood and several others.
Moved by the sudden demise of last scion of Mysore Royal family, Sri Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, Shantha Lakshminarayana resident of Thyagaraja Road, an avid doll exhibitor in the city, has arranged dolls depicting the last Durbar of Wadiyar, alongside the Dasara procession.
JP Nagar Resident Geetha Rao's concept is Green India-Clean India. By placing appropriate dolls she wants to bring about awareness amongst the onlookers who visit her house about the importance of maintaining cleanliness in the country.
She has also highlighted issues related to environment and green cover. She has recreated Madekeri district, showcasing the cultural and habitat of the people, in the midst of hills, flowing rivers and green cover. She has named them, Vana Lakshmi and Jyothi Lakshmi.
Hemalatha Kumarswamy resident of Agrahara another doll enthusiast who is displaying dolls for the past three decades during dasara has chosen Common Wealth Games, Madikeri Dasara, ISRO Mangalayana and the recent disasters that occurred in Kashmir as her themes.
Shobha Satyanarayan, a resident of Kuvempunagar, spending more than Rs 40,000 has created replica of Manasasarovara and Sabarmathi Ashrama.
Sumana who is placing dolls from last four years said that giving prizes for the best doll exhibitors has motivated several women to place dolls more decoratively and attractively. Several women are concentrating on current events and educate visitors to the house about explaining their concepts.
Even quite a good number of working women have placed dolls taking leave for weeks together. The decorations, preparations begins one month prior to the festival. They have adoprned the hosue with colourful serial lights and floral decorations.