Margazhyi Kolams Day6:

There is a huge difference in drawing a kolam on paper and on the floor. . The tip of my pen glides continously on the paper to draw a smooth continuous curve and I am seated in a comfortable way. While in case of the powder it’s a different story as I have to bend and also keep refilling the powder in my hand and I am yet to master the skill to draw smooth continuous lines . Well, practice makes a man perfect and I am in no hurry.
When I see posts of amazing kolams by others, , the adult in me asks – ” Vidya, Why do you have to post on your wall ???”, and the child in me answers- ” just njoy the activity of drawing and it’s ok to post”

Day 6: A Sikku kolam

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Sikku, meaning “knotted” and is a type of kolam done around the dots .In a “Sikku” kolam white lines curl around a dot.

As I snake around the dots with my fingers squeezing the powder on the mat I need to simultaneously concentrate on the screenshot of the pattern on my mobile screen and on the dot grid on the mat . It requires focus and speed and I seem to enjoy the twists and the turns . Isn’t this similar to the twists and turns
that we face in our life too and also feel as pleased as a punch at the final sweet outcome sometimes !!

Day 5: A simple “Sikku” Kolam

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My first brush with the kolam was to watch my Amma draw the kolam at the threshold of the home . It was an early morning ritual daily wherein the threshold would be swept, sprinkled with water ,cleaned and then with a handful of a mixture of rice powder and rangoli powder she would hastily draw a small pattern. Even in the biting cold of a winter morning this was a daily ritual . I learnt from her that the rice powder is mixed so that the ants can feed on them. What a kind gesture of our ancestors who thought of this practice . After all even an ant falls under ” Aththi Devo Bhava” !!!!.
On festival days the display was of a bigger size with an outline of what we call ” shemann” in Tamil ( gheru in marathi I think, red oxide powder basically) which would be maroon in colour and would brighten up the pattern. This was an activity taken care by Amma as the mornings were a rush hour for us to get ready to go to school , later it was hostel during college days so my encounter with this ritual actually started in my early twenties before leaving for work place in the morning. I was entrusted with this work by my Periamma ( Amma’ s elder sister) as I volunteered for it when I was staying with Periappa and Periamma. I learnt a few basic patterns from her and I would also remember the pattern that my neighbour aunty would draw at her threshold. This is how my journey into the kolam world started. Since we resided on the ground floor , everyone had to pass through the ground floor ( there was no elevator in that building) so I was conscious enough to do a decent job 
After getting married, morning time became busier with kitchen activities before rushing for work place and somehow this ritual disappeared from my routine except for festival days . It was only a year ago during ” Marghazhi ” month I got interested in this art form again to bring it into my daily routine. I hope it continues.
A Padi kolam is a basic square pattern with 4 lines each along the 4 sides .It is generally drawn on fridays is something I came to know last year. Padi means a ladder/steps in Tamil. We can keep extending/ building it up step by step and so I assume like a a ladder/steps extends to upper floors , thus this name similarity perhaps.

Day 4: Padi Kolam for Friday

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Beautiful Peacock patterns are an all time favourite when it comes to rangolis , especially during festival times. No wonder that this bird managed to be a National symbol ( bird) of India too because of its colourful beauty. As artefacts too they have managed to hold their charm.
I am not attracted to cut glass , Crystal glass , white metal , black metal and marble but I love to feast my eyes on stuff made of bronze, brass, wood and terracotta. The sight of a hanging bronze diya is something that attracts me very much.

Day 3 kolam: A hanging diya ( lamp) Peacock

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As the Rangoli powder leaves my fingers to fall on the mat and form a pattern , my eyes long to see symmetry and my heart longs for neatness . I still have a long way to go and a beginner like me in this art realizes how this form of art simultaneously takes care of counting (math), drawing, logic ( to create a pattern with lines, curves, arcs, dots), dexterity of fingers, exercise to mind, fitness to bend or sit down all at one go. !.
Day 2 kolam: A simple Padi kolam

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The Tamil month of Margazhyi commences today. The spirit of Margazhyi is incomplete without kolams and classical music in South India. The ritual of Kolam is an important feature of the culture of India, and especially so in Tamil Nadu during this month wherein many houses are decorated with colorful and elaborate kolams. Kolam competitions are also held .
Margazhyi Kacheris(Classical Music Concerts) are also held in various cities.
Hope I am able to take up this kolam journey like last year with the same enthusiasm.