KAMALA’S SANTA “HER MAN FOR ALL SEASONS”
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ITS ABOUT AN AMAZING COLLECTION OF 'SANTA' OFCOURSE ' THE SWEET OLD MAN SANTA CLAUS! '
Santa Claus, the mythical Father Christmas or Saint Nicholas has jingled his way into No.7, Green Acres, Kamala Dutta’s house at Pune, India. He has occupied every nook and corner of the spacious three bedroom apartment. With around 1,650 pieces of Santa, Kamala is likely to enter into the ‘Limca Book of Records’. May be one day sooner Kamala will enter the ‘Guinness Book of World Records’ too, as there are not enough information about such a large collection of Santa Clauses.
A suggestion from her child, her daughter has led her to a hobby materializing into a passion. Daughter Bohagee may have left playing with Santa as she grew up, but Kamala continued to collect and create Santa Clauses in breath taking forms. While some of her collections have been brought, a lot of it has been painstakingly created by Kamala. She constantly thinks of different ideas when it comes to creating a ‘Santa’. Santa appears in soft toys, wall hangings, candles, crochet, cross stitched work, paintings on mugs, earthen pots and such other mundane materials. The materials used by Kamala are pieces of cloth, threads, wool, cotton, wax, beads, old bottles, wood, copper wire, bangles, bulbs, books, balloons, dried autumn leaves and flowers and other scraps. Santa appears in jewellery box, jewellery stands, masks of Santa for drama and circus. Fine sand, charcoal powder, chalk powder are used to create a breath-taking designs. Kamala has painted very creatively on coconut shell, mango seed, stones and on all sorts of junk available in the house. The junks taking a beautiful shapes and size of Santa are to be seen to appreciate! Also, filled in almost all the space in the apartment!
While procuring different Santa Clauses at different times and places, it soon grew into a little collection. “I didn’t want my collection to confine to one particular kind of article like mug, candles and key chains etc., and tried to get as many items of anything which could be presented as a Santa” says Kamala. Her experience as a librarian and teacher in India and abroad has come handy to make alphabetical list of things, under different categories like—the medium, kitchen items, dinning table accessories, washroom items, baby’s things, stationery items and articles of arts and crafts.
Though Santa Claus is associated with Christmas, Kamala made him participate in all festivals she celebrated in her house and thus Santa comes alive throughout the year around. She believes that the Santa Claus is the true spirit of purity, love, laughter and boundless joy for mankind on earth.
She can pick up something related to Santa from unimaginable and remote places. She has designed and created some items to explain laws and rules of science as aids to learning! She has an unbelievable assortment collected single-handedly and with lots of care.
Kamala’s husband Dr. Dutta has one complaint though, “Santa Claus has occupied the whole house”. However, there is a hidden appreciation too in that remark.
For Kamala, “the Santa Claus is happiness personified, only brings happiness and gives it free, mature, wise and helpful and distributed love and kindness to humanity. The Santa Claus is the omnipresent messenger of universal love and peace in the troubled world.” This is her cherished message to all the children and adults coming to see her Santa Claus collection and exhibition.
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