Sunday, 28 June 2015

Think Different!


Yes!
You can fill the Kolam with the Kolam powder itself…
No more need to wait for Rangoli!!!!

Think different! J

PS: Because many people asked me what a Kolam is…
Kolam refers to intricate patterns drawn both free handedly and by joining dots. These can be widely seen in the Southern part of India. Women draw this early morning, preferably before Sunrise after cleaning the courtyard. Earlier rice powder was used – it was a means to feed ants and small insects. However, these days, stone powder and even chalk is used. If such powders are used, it is called Pudi Kolam. Sometimes, brick powder will be used as outline on auspicious days, Tuesdays and Fridays. If rice powder is mixed in water and similar patterns are drawn, it is called Maavu/Maa Kolam. In West Bengal, it is called Alpona. In North India, people used rice/stone powders for the outline and fill the patterns with colors. This is called Rangoli.

It is believed that Kolam brings prosperity. It is drawn for almost all the auspicious occasions like marriages and festivals. When someone dies in the household, the family don’t draw any kolam for a year.  

Children in small towns learn the art of making kolam at a very young age. In fact, a girl who knows to draw impeccable and intricate kolam is a pride for the entire family and the village she stays. However, owing to modernization, city life and apartment culture, this art is soon dying.


14 comments:

  1. This is great, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Simple and unique.worst part is I can't put kolam at Dubai.only stickers 😝

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    1. Thats sad... In Bangalore I cant put Kolam at all.. So its okay :D

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  3. In my complex most of the people have pasted kolam stickers in front of their entrance. I am drawing small maakkolams (kolam with wet rice flour) so that the maids who sweep the corridor leave it alone. Powder means, they sweep off! I still like to draw different types of kolams in the morning and it is famous in our complex!

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    1. Share some pictures na... I would be delighted to see them :)

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  4. Black and white sometimes is more appealing than colour :)

    Destination Infinity

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  5. Such finesse! You should see the maa kolams I used to make. Atrocious they were.

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    1. Thanks... I have had those days too (I still have such days :D)

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  6. with colors they look more attractive...

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    1. Yeah.. But I have this new obsession for black and whites!
      Thanks :)

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