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    MadrasMalli debuts an initiative to promote arts, with an exhibition on Tenmoku Pottery

    Sujata Agarwalla has always been interested in the arts, thanks to frequent trips as a child to museums and art schools. She even worked at her unclea��s Kolkata-based gallery, Chitrakoot, right after college. Though she never pursued arts seriously, she says she always kept her eyes peeled while travellinga��for unique artefacts to bring home. a�?Now that my children are grown up, I have the time to invest in my passion. So I decided to start MadrasMalli, an umbrella under which I can showcase handmade works from across the world,a�? says the 40-something.
    Her first exhibition kicks off today with a showcasing of Tenmoku Pottery from Malaysia. a�?Tenmoku is a dark glaze (resembling oil-spotting) that is popular in Japan and China. But Soo Chow Mean, a ceramicist from Malaysia, uses it to create work that also draws inspiration from nature. I am bringing down a selection of crockery and home dA�cor from his company,a�? she says. With fossil-like imprints on the pottery, and multiple glazes that add colour and depth, you can choose from tea and dining sets to vases and tea light holders. a�?Each piece takes almost a week to make,a�? says Agarwalla, adding that if the exhibition is a success, she plans to bring down a selection of all-natural Mount Sapola ceramic diffusers next and also conduct workshops on various crafts.
    Rs 1,000 onwards. At Amethyst, today and tomorrow, from 11 am to 8 pm. Details: art.madrasmalli@gmail.com

    Surya Praphulla Kumar

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