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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are some of the most famous souvenirs to be bought from Tanjore?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Tanjore or Thanjavur is the cradle of art and culture. There is skill and eye for detail in its art forms – its paintings and architecture. And, there is talent in its performing arts – its dances and music. Well, as much as you wish, you can't take back home everything from Tanjore but a souvenir is definitely worth a buy.

  • Thanjavur Thalai Attu Bommai

Popularly known as the dancing dollof Tanjore it is a beautiful memory to take back home with you. It is an incredible example of the gifted craftsmanof Tanjore. Locally made, these are colourful and have a mobile head that moves just the way a real Bharatanatyam dancer would move his/her head. It makes for a pretty showpiece or a present that the little cousins at home would love you for.

  • Thanjavur Paintings

These lovely paintings of celestial episodes captured in bright and flashy colours are a unique souvenir option from Tanjore. A lot of effort goes into making these paintings. First, the artist makes a draft on a cloth base, then comes chalk powder is applied to the base and once the drawing is complete, the precious stone come on. High quality glitter gold is used in the paintings! Usually portraying religious themes, these will be an asset for any household. If you do get one of these, remember to pack the painting properly with layers of paper, so that it doesn't get damaged while travelling.

  • Thanjavur Silks

With impeccable art and goldwork, the famous Thanjavur silk sarees are a fantastic addition to a wardrobe. Starting at INR 2000 this gorgeous sari goes up to INR 15,000 and is the perfect show stealer for wedding ceremonies and traditional occasions. There is no dearth of Thanjavur silk saris in the market but to get a good deal try getting in touch with the local weavers around town.

There are also a variety of other art and handicraft items that you can pick up from the local markets and around the palace area. You could also get your hands on some genius bronze work. Get in touch with local artists and compare prices before fix a deal.

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