Thursday, 15 October 2015

Apartment Kolam 2

Living in apartments have brought lots of changes to the way we live.
We make several compromises.
Yet, we try to retain our passion and identity.
As a result…
We always fight an inner battle:
The way we live Vs. The way we love to live.

To all of you…
Who like making kolam…
But live in apartments…
This kolam might interest you 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.


  1. If you have time please visit my Malayalam post.

    1. I have read it! Although I am terrible in reading Malayalam :)

  2. I still draw kolam in front of my door in our apartment. since the powder flies away I put maakkolam everyday....everyday festival day for me now! It stays till the next day!

    1. Thats so nice to know...
      I dont get many opportunities to make makkolam though :(