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Chanduri Kotayya Chari

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    Kondapalli Dashavatar Set

    Chanduri Kotayya Chari

    This original handmade Kondapalli bommala koluvu set of Dashavatar of Lord Vishnu is a fine reflection of our rich cultural and artisanal heritage....

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    Kondapalli Wooden Bullock Cart

    Chanduri Kotayya Chari

    This classic Kondapalli miniature bullock cart is made using the native Tella Poniki wood. The craft was brought to Kondapalli village in the 16th ...

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    Kondapalli Wooden Hanuman

    Chanduri Kotayya Chari

    A symbol of courage and devotion, this Kondapalli Bommalu of Lord Hanuman is handmade using the native Tella Poniki wood. The craft was brought to ...

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    Navratri Golu dolls of Goddess Durga (Set of 9)

    Chanduri Kotayya Chari

    This original handmade Kondapalli bommala koluvu set of Goddess Durga depicting her nine avatars will add grace to your Navratri and Dusshera celeb...

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    Kondapalli Srimaan Srimati Fridge Magnets

    Chanduri Kotayya Chari

    This classic Kondapalli pattern of Husband and Wife in the form of fridge magnet has been handmade using the native Tella Poniki wood. The heritage...

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    Kondapalli Raja-Rani Door Stopper

    Chanduri Kotayya Chari

    This classic Kondapalli pattern of king and queen in the form of a door stopper has been handmade using the native Tella Poniki wood. The heritage ...

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    Kondapalli House Warming set

    Chanduri Kotayya Chari

    The classic kondapalli house warming set is an ideal gift for new house owners. All the rituals followed during house warming is skillfully depicte...

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    Kondapalli Wooden Ganesha Playing Instrument

    Chanduri Kotayya Chari

    Joyful and auspicious, this Kondapalli bommalu of Lord Ganesha playing different instruments is handmade using the native Tella Poniki wood. The cr...

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In his mid-50s now, Chanduri Kotayya Chari has been making bommalus for several decades now. A third generation Kondapalli artisan, he honed the crafting skills passed on to him by his parents. Even as a child, Chanduri was deeply fascinated with crafting Kondapalli toys. He would keenly observe his grandfather chisel pieces of Tella Poniki wood into fine articles which were later hand-painted in vibrant colours. A resident of the famed bomalla (toy) colony in Kondapalli, Chanduri is supported in his workshop by his wife, son and daughter-in-law and is also able to provide work to 10-12 other artisans.

 

A high-school dropout, Chanduri is very passionate about the craft and his creations. Ask him about the difficulties in gaining expertise in his craft, and he immediately quips that it simply depends on how devoted the artisan is. Although he acknowledges challenges like the gradually declining supply of the Poniki wood and competition from factory produced toys, he also believes that the ancient roots of the craft hold an intrinsic, irresistible charm. He adds that if the original crafting processes continue to be preserved, increasing number of well-informed consumers will certainly appreciate and value the craft more, which will in turn help the craft and craftsmen thrive.