Here's what we're going to sign off with this Puja week because we stay away from commercialising culture and will not impress upon you the ceaseless passion with which we pursue our calling in a t...
Here's what we're going to sign off with this Puja week because we stay away from commercialising culture and will not impress upon you the ceaseless passion with which we pursue our calling in a time when your mind is steeped in thoughts of worship, your heart calls out to commingle with those whom you've felt are closest to you but whose company you've been bereft of for reasons of work and family, and your soul stirs with the beat of the dhak every morning and tells you you're home, you're home, you're home in the truest of all senses.
This jhumka is a homecoming too. Made for a young cine-star who recently got married, it's the companion piece to the necklace she wore on her wedding day but, while including some of the motifs from that goyna, isn't really an exact match. It also isn't a dangler at all but more a traditional earring made especially prominent by the wide umbrellas and is proportioned so that the wire, ball and katai pashas seem (and are a wee bit) larger than the width of the jhumkas. The distinct difference in the workmanship of the upper and lower part of the jewel is evident in the rusticity of the jhumka's pierced naksha phul-lata-pata scrolling against the clear fretwork of the three-tiered surround of the pasha that culminates in a double-ball border. What this fretwork frames is what connects it to the jhumka : a solitary raktakarabi in the centre of a plain hand-beaten plaque, the latter clearly showing it's rough-hewn character which speaks of a primal force that births all the gentle beauty that emanates from it. Beneath the chhata of the jhumka you'll see a festoon of gold kadamphul and this ties in with the raktakarabi as two of the favourite flowers of Ma Durga in a season in which we acknowledge as much her vanquishing of evil as we do her coming to her "Baap-er Bari".
The wedding earring of a vivacious, beautiful and gracious film personality whose name is another for Ma Lakshmi, this pair of jhumkas is nothing short of divine when you consider the nature of the motifs it works into its design and for whom, in celestial terms, the ornament has been made. Reasonably, the pair, handcrafted with the greatest of care and patience in deep yellow guinea-gold given a vermilion polish, will be one that'll be immortal.