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I am collecting Indian Heritage and culture related vintage postcards, paintings, prints etc. and exhibited them at several locations across India in various events and also sharing them with school and college children by giving presentations to them on Indian Heritage and Culture with my collections and also documenting puppetry etc. intangible performances.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Praful Thakkar sir I.A.S. (Retd.) an ardent collector inspirational autograph to me

Praful Thakkar sir, I.A.S. (Ret.) is an ardent collector of autographs, stamps, FDCs, coins, medals, tokens, bages etc. from the last 50 years. "Share the knowledge & spread the knowlege" is the motto of his life. As an IAS Officer he has served the Government of Gujarat for more than 31 years.

Being a vintage collector in my collection i have vintage postcards and also British India Bazar postcards, vintage prints etc.

At the time of receiving Praful Thakkar sir "Collectors Guide to British India Bazar Postcards" from sir i received sir autograph in the first page i.e. in the title page where Praful sir mention about my heritage work i am doing. It is indeed i felt a privilege to receive appreciation from such great personality. 

This is Praful Thakkar sir autograph and inspirational message about my heritage work i am doing. Praful Thakkar sir in this autograph message mentioned about me as "With best wishes to Dokka Srinivasu, for his great & commendable work on Indian Heritage and Culture through his blog. His service to Indian culture is his worship... and I congratulate him & wish him a Very good Success in all his endeavors".

This photograph is Praful Thakkar sir Collector's Guide to British India Bazar Postcards book which sir sent to me alongwith my Bazar postcards collection.

These are some my British India Bazar postcards collection. In my collection i have nearly 40 different Bazar postcards.

This is Praful Thakkar sir photograph.

A Mother with her Baby vintage print in my collection

This is "A Mother with her Baby" vintage print printed by Fine Art Printing Cottage, Allahabad in my collection. Sharing this beautiful vintage print today on the occasion of Mother's Day.

Parsi Mother and Daughter vintage photograph in my collection

This is Parsi Mother and Daughter vintage photograph in my collection. Sharing it today on the occasion of Mother's Day.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Navagunjara ganjifa cards etc.


These are a copy of Intach's Virasat magazine cover printed with the image of "Navagunjara" alongwith some odisha patachitra Navagunjara image printed ganjifa cards which are in my collection.
According to the information about this image in virasat magazine indian crafts can be likened to a Navagunjara, a most interesting and evocative mystic animal in the tradition. One often sees it painted in patachitras of odisha and is also caarved on one of its monuments. It is an amalgamation of different parts of animals that developed around a common impetus to make an object of use, to search for perfection and make beautiful.
According to the information about Navagunjara from wikipedia, quora and also from some other websites as follows:
Navagunjara is a mythical beast, believed to consist of 9 different animals. A very common motif in most patachitra paintings in Odisha. It’s believed to be another avatar of Vishnu, and a variation of the viswaroopa that Krishna shows to Arjun in the Gita. It is more popular though in Odisha, primarily due to the poet Sarala Das, who narrates the legend about it, in his version of the Mahabharat. It’s believed that when Arjun was doing penance, Krishna appeared to him in this form. Basically it has the head of a rooster, has 3 legs of an elephant, tiger and deer. It’s enck is that of a peacock’s, while one arm in raised form is a human carrying the lotus. The tail is that of a snake, while the waist is that of a lion and it has a hump of the bull. It’s believed Arjun initially tried to attack it, but then realized it was another manifestation of Vishnu himself.
The Nila Chakra disc on top of the Puri Jagannath Temple has 8 Nabagunjaras carved on it, and it’s sculpted on the northern side of the temple.
Here are the nine creatures that make it up of a Navagunjara:
1. Head and Neck of a Peacock
2. Crest of a Rooster
3. Hump of a Bull
4. Leg of an Elephant
5. Leg of a Tiger
6. Leg of a Horse (Sometimes a deer)
7. A Snake for the Tail
8. Hand of a Human
9. Waist of a Lion

Ganjifa cards in my collection

These are Ganjifa cards from odisha in my collection. Patachitra artisans from odisha prepared this 120 Ganjia cards set. Ganjifa cards are circular or rectangular and traditionally hand-painted by artisans. Now-a-days Ganjifa is almost on extinction because few people know the traditional ganjifa playing. Ganjifa craft gained in popularity during the times of the Mughals and is a Persian work borrowed from Iran. It is said that Babar and Humayun were its great patrons while Akbar is said to have invited over 150 Ganjifa artists from different parts of the country to embellish his court. Some of the earliest mention of Ganjifa is to be found in Babarnama, Ain-e-Akbari, etc. Some popular Ganjifa cards sets in India are Mughal Ganjifa, Dashavatar Ganjifa, Ramayan Ganjifa, Mysore chad Ganjifa etc. Alongwith these Ganjifa cards set also i have classic book on Indian Ganjifa cards " Ganjifa The Playing Cards of India" written by Rudolf Von Leyden. Art historians and connoisseurs treated this book as reference guide for Ganjifa cards. Sharing some pages of how artisans draw these Ganjifa cards etc. alongwith Ganjifa cards in these photographs.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Goddess Durga Maa sholapith craft

This is Goddess Durga Maa sholapith craft face in my collection. Sholapitha or shola craft artisans of west bengal state created this beautiful sholapith face.