Margazhyi Kolams Day20:

There is a nip in the air. Winter has just set in and I long for sunshine . A sunflower resembles the sun and also faces the rising sun as it blooms in the morning.
This Sunday morning I longed for sunshine and a sunflower
too in an open field would have longed to face the rising Sun to open up and face the wintry morning , so a thought came , “Vidya, How about trying out a radial sunflower kolam?”

Day 20: A Sunflower radial kolam on a Sunday

Margazhyi Kolams Day19:

Hanuman is a fascinating real superhero God from our Hindu mythology . During my primary schooling days when we were residing in New Delhi, we would go to watch the” Ramlila ” in the play ground close to our home during Navratri time. Watching Pavanputra with monkey mask and Ravana with his 10 headed mask come alive on the stage was one of the most interesting things. Those days Amar Chitra Katha books introduced us to the mythological stories . The pictorials in the book helped the kids to visualize the characters and watching them perform on real stage added to the excitement.
Hanumanji would be the favourite of the kids as the actor would also come near the kids before the show wielding his mace up in the air and swinging his long tail to add to the thrill of the kids.

Usually Saturday is said to be special for jai Bajrang Bali .

Day 19: On a Saturday:-Depiction of Lord Anjaneya carrying the mountain

Margazhyi Kolams Day18:

The block print face design of Kalamkari art form captivates me very much. Fridays are said to be auspicious for Devi Ma and I was tempted to try the popular kalamkari block print face design to depict the Goddess. I was very much aware that I would not be able to do justice to the beauty of the face as in the original , yet I decided to make an attempt.
It was a back bending exercise, once I release the powder from the fingers , I can’t go back as there is no editing option unlike a pencil nd an eraser . The final result does falll very much short in comparison to the original , nevertheless I enjoyed the process. Thankyou Devi Ma 🙏🙏🙏

Day 18: Depicting “Devi Ma” on a friday

Margazhyi Kolams Day17:

While drawing this Sikku kolam pattern I was reminded of the jigsaw puzzle that requires the assembly of many uneven and different shaped interlocking pieces wherein each piece has a small part of a picture on it and when all the pieces are fit together we get the complete picture . Normally, a big jigsaw puzzle takes considerable time and patience and sometimes we need to start assembling again till we get the perfect solution.

Isn’t this in some way similar to the big jigsaw puzzle game called ” Life” wherein we start building our life puzzle the moment we are born!!

Day 17: A Jigsaw puzzle Sikku Kolam

Margazhyi Kolams Day14:

This is my first attempt of making a radial kolam. My entire focus was on the centre to make it look decent and it needed concentration to achieve some sort of radial symmetry .

This kolam in a way teaches me the importance of concentration required to achieve whatever we aim for to get a decent outcome. As the current year almost draws to a close I hope and pray to step into the new year with sincerity, discipline and focus and at the same time radiating warmth, confidence , happiness and good health .

Day 14: A Circular kolam

Margazhyi Kolams Day13:

As I was drawing the Sikku kolam and with my fingers moving like a wave I was reminded of the similar pattern of crests and troughs that I have drawn on the blackboard while teaching “sound waves”.

It also reminded me about the ECG graph and how the heart beats continuously till one’s s last breath.
A wave teaches us that we have to keep on moving . It falls and rises but each time it falls it never stops to rise again!!
Despite the difficulties and joys that life showers us with we too need to keep moving without giving up despite the continuous crests and troughs that we would face in our lifetime

Day 13: A Sikku Kolam

Margazhyi Kolams Day11:

Friday is normally associated with Lakshmi Devi, the Goddess of fortune, wealth, abundance, good luck and prosperity. The Padi kolam is special and is drawn to honour and invite her into the house.
The basic square pattern with 4 lines each on the perimeter is the same at the centre and the ways one keeps expanding and building it up is left to the creativity and imagination.

The patterns created in different regions of India might be different but isn’ t it interesting to know that in terms of intention and symbolic value there is a common purpose!!

Day 11: Friday Padi Kolam

Margazhyi Kolams Day10:

I once read somewhere that Surya is a God whom we actually see, feel and pray to in daily life. He is assumed to be riding a chariot driven by seven white horses and is the life giver sustaining all life on Earth .
When we do Sun salutations ( surya namaskar) the very first shloka that we recite is ” Om Mitraya Namaha” , so he is also a friend to all the flora and fauna on Earth.
Today on the” amavasya” day when some parts of the world witnessed ” solar eclipse” I have made an attempt to draw Lord Surya’ s chariot and the mat depics the the black sky .
Day 10: Chariot of Surya on Solar Eclipse Day