Over the years, Kalpathy Theru Kolam Competitions has been looked forward by young and old equally. It is every pride Palakkad nivasi’s. It is also a moment to feel the culture that we are not following holistically anymore.
Having spent most of my growing-up years in Agraharam, I have been exposed to the art of drawing maa kolam (kolam drawn using rice paste) at a very young age. Those were the days when our courtyards were mostly muddy or had a platform made of cement to draw kolam. We used to draw kolam every morning. In fact, my only motivation to wake up early was kolam. But then, as a part of making our Agraharam into heritage villages – a Government initiative – roads were widened and the mud/platforms were covered by tar roads. This happened about 10-12 years before. With that the maa kolam also died. I remember trying to draw on the tar road. My fingers used to bleed and eventually, I gave up. Very few people can draw impeccable maa kolam. I appreciate this program and thank them heartily for taking this forward year after year!
Owing to my professional obligations (I am losing touch with the art I learnt in hard way), I could not participate in the competition this year. But when my ammaji sent the pictures, I was elated!
So, here I am sharing the same with you J
Click below to go through last three year’s competitionKalpathy Theru Kolam Competition - 2013