Bombe Mane or Doll’s House, in the Nazarbad area of Mysore, is built on the concept of the ‘Gombe Habba’ or doll’s festival that takes place every year during Dasara. This exhibition space and store was started by Ramsons Kala Pratishtana, which is a research, training, design, development and conservation centre for art and craft forms with special emphasis on Mysore and its culture.
On the ground floor of Bombe Mane are dolls made of different kinds of materials such as clay, plaster of Paris, and wood sourced from all over the country. The notable among the exhibit are the Navadurgi dolls, Saptamatrika dolls, and sculptures of the kings of Mysore. There are special exhibition displays on the first floor of the space that is curated around specific themes changing every year.
Clay dolls from Krishnanagar, West Bengal.
2017 marks 50 years since the Jnanpith award was first given to a Kannada writer, Kuvempu. Since then Kannada literature has been bestowed this honour eight times, the awardees include D.R. Bendre, and Shivaram Karanth. These sculptures are homage to these literary artists.
Plaster of Paris dolls from the Kolhapur area of Maharashtra.
Traditional clay dolls from the Panruti area in Tamil Nadu.
A miniature model of the Srirangapattana railway station including a signalling cabin, water towers, coffee shop, handicraft shop, semaphore signal, and Ranganatha Swamy temple with big boy engine and coach.
This display marks the 125th anniversary of the Sarvajanik Ganesh Utsav. It depicts 'Lalbagh cha Raja' (King of Lalbagh, a replica of the most famous Ganapati in Mumbai) with Gauri by his side. Also seen are the Saptamatrikas or the seven mother goddesses. A sculpture of Bal Gangadhar Tilak who started this festival is also seen here.
The 23rd Maharaja of Mysuru, Chamarajendra Wadiyar X, proclaimed 'Gandaberunda', the mythical double headed eagle, as the royal emblem and instituted the Order of Gandaberunda in the year 1892. This display marks the 125th anniversary of the institution of this order.