Margazhyi Kolams 2021-2022 , Day 8

Agriculture plays an important role in the economic growth of a country. Farmers are the backbone of a society. Today is
” National Farmers’ Day” also called the
” Kisan Diwas”.
The farmer has a major role in the economic development of any country. I wanted to include something related to the farmer in my kolam today

Day 8: National Farmers’ Day/ Rashtriya Kisan Divas
For the economy of any country to boom agriculture plays a key role. A good harvest
Is like a garden 

Margazhyi Kolams 2021-2022 , Day 7

Today is Sankata Hara Chaturthi ( Sankashti) , an important day associated with Ganesha also called the ” Vignahartha” who is the demolisher of obstacles.

Today also happens to be ” Kuchela Avil Dinam” . I learnt this information today and then Google Maharaj gave me further information.
It is on this day that Kuchela (also known as Sudama) brought Avil (beaten rice/ poha) to offer to his childhood friend Krishna. Pleased with him , Lord Krishna blessed him with riches. I tried to show the ” Hand of God” who is ever ready to help his ardent devotees .

Day 7: Today is Sankata Hara Chaturthi & also Kuchela Avil Dinam. ( Sudama)

Vignahartha along with a Sikku kolam corner border at the top on Sankashti has been depicted
Drawing limbs to perfection is tough and I could not do justice to it. so I used the help of colour to show Shyam helping Kuchela by pulling him out of his difficulties when Kuchela offered him Avil ( poha). 

Margazhyi Kolams 2021-2022 , Day 6

I decided to go with a simpler Sikku kolam today depicting Andal a Tamil poet and Bhakti saint, like Meera of the north. I also came across an article that drew a parallel between Andal and Sita.

Sita was born from the womb of the Earth and was found as an infant by her father. Finally she asks Mother Earth to take her back and disappears into Bhumidevi. Andal too was found as an infant by her father and is said to have disappeared in the Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam. When she reached the doors of the sanctum sanctorum she merged into Lord Vishnu whom she loved as much as Meera loved Lord Krishna

During this Tamil month of Margazhyi the songs composed by Andal are sung .

Day 6: A Sikku kolam depicting hanging lamps , Andal adorned with a garland around her and a border at the bottom 

Margazhyi Kolams 2021-2022 , Day 4

Sikku kolams are the interlaced curvy line like kolams
These wire like curves needed lots of concentration on my part today but I thoroughly enjoyed drawing it .
Slowly , as the powder flowed through my fingers to fall on the mat & as I was getting a hang of the pattern a beautiful rhythm seemed to have set between me, my mat & the powder.
To be honest , I did feel pleased as a punch with the final outcome too .

Day 4: Flowers and leaves are essential elements of religious ceremonies and worship rituals as they adorn the deity. I decided to adorn my Sikku kolam with flowers at the four corners . 

Margazhyi kolams Day 29:

My kolam journey during this Tamil month of Margazhyi ends today. I am thankful to the Almighty that He gave me the enthusiasm, time, energy , interest to discover this new form of art that I seem to have started liking more.

I am glad that I have graduated from a 3×3 dot grid to a larger dot grid since last year .
I seem to enjoy drawing the Sikku kolam most as the curved lines that make an intricate pattern around the dots makes it challenging to figure out where the design begins from and where it ends. Thanks to Google and YouTube to have such a vast Kolam bank which makes it easy for people like me who start learning and practicing it after crossing mid forties.

Posting my kolam on a daily basis in a way also made me stick to a deadline to honour the commitment I made to myself.

Today is Bhogi , wherein people light a bonfire and old things are discarded.

A new Hindu tamil month of ” Thai” commences tomorrow on Pongal. We offer Thanksgiving to the Sun God, the cattle , the Mother Earth for a good harvest crop.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Pongal, Happy MakarShankranthi, Happy, Bihu and a Happy Lohri too

Day 29: I am drawn more towards hanging lamps and Sikku kolams. These are a few of my favorite things and I have tried to put them in an art form today

Margazhyi Kolams 2018-2019

Today after a year when I was looking at last year’ s Margazhyi kolams I felt nice that there is an improvement . The first thing that came to my mind is the saying that I have heard my Amma say. ” paada paada ragam, mooda mooda rogam, ezhadu ezhadu ezhatu, thakai Thakai  Thayhil, padika padika padippu.”
 In a nutshell it means practice,  practice,  practice is what is required to improve in any sphere.