MARGAZHI KOLOTHSAVAM

sundari hari - India

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18

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Suzhi/Sikku Kolam

I like to draw kambi kolam /sikku kolam. It's looks very pretty and like free hand rangoli.

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11

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Mana Kolam/Padi Kolam

Kōlam is a daily women’s ritualistic art form created by Tamil Hindu women throughout Tamil Nadu in southeastern India. Each day before dawn, during the Brahma muhurtam and sometimes before dusk, millions of women in the town, villages and the cities of Tamil Nadu draw kōlam on the thresholds and floors of houses, temples. A symbol of auspiciousness and divinity, kōlam is made with rice flour, finely ground rice powder /paste (called kola-podi in Tamil ). The kōlam patterns are drawn deftly by women with the tips of their fingers using pinches of flour held between the thumb and the first finger and letting the powder fall in a continuous line by moving the hand in desired directions. The patterns of lines and curves are based on a grid of pullis (dots) that are encircled, looped or joined using straight or curved lines. The process involves concentration, memory and a series of disciplined hand and body movements. Working with great dexterity and speed, the women make highly intricate and complex designs that vary according to events or days of the Hindu calendar. The designs vary daily, from a simple star pattern of opposing, interlocking triangles to highly complex labyrinthine designs that are not easily comprehended. The knowledge of Kōlam patterns is transferred orally through generations amongst women as they learn by observing their relatives perform this ritual daily. At first glance the patterns appear quite simple, but it takes years of practice and training to master the complex Kōlams. In most households, women carefully store their practice notebook, a record book of kōlam drawings in pencil, pen or coloured pencils and share the most complicated and difficult traditional patterns with one another.

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