Thursday, 2 April 2015

Simple and Small

Simplicity is all needed…
Retaining the original design…
And, striving towards perfection is all needed!

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.


  1. This is interesting, and thanks for sharing!

  2. A simple and an elegant maa kolam

  3. Good one - clean and simple. I thought kolam is drawn using rice powder, maybe it was in the olden days.

    Destination Infinity

    1. Kolam can be drawn using rice powder, rice paste, chalk, color powder, etc.
      It is all about convenience, occasion and choice!

      Thanks Rajesh :)

  4. Your kolams are fascinating :-)

  5. I have seen in Bangalore many times, beautiful and simple. As is simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.