Kolams, Rangolis and more...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Kolams @ Sobha Opal

I'm holding a 'Kolam Exhibition' and also some classes @ Sobha Opal, Bangalore, for the residents there. Here's the schedule:

Venue: “Sobha Opal Club House”
Date: Oct 17th and Oct 18th
Class Time: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Kolam Exhibition: 11:30am – 1:00 pm, 4:00pm – 6:00 pm

Look forward to a post on how it went :-)

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

A full-scale 'festival' kolam that looks good in big halls and in front of puja rooms! Posted by Hello

Another 'border' design - simple and grand Posted by Hello

A 'border' design Posted by Hello

Some border and corner designs Posted by Hello

One of my kolams Posted by Hello

Some useful links on Kolams

Here are some sites I found while looking for Kolams.

1. Lakshmi Sarathy has put some good pages in SysIndia. There's a detailed description about what is Kolam and what does it signify. Check out one of Lakshmi Sarathy's Galleries.

2. Institute of Indology and Tamil Studies (IITS), University of Cologne has a page on 'Kolam'. There's a useful link 'Kolams of M. Gandhimati' that, though written in German, has a good lot of 'pulli kolams' with very intricate designs.

3. i-Kolam, an interactive Kolam site offers a good number of resources on 'do-it-yourself' simple, challenging and very complex Kolams.

4. Tamilnadu Electronic Library has some pages in Geocities, owned by K.Kalyanasundaram. He's tried to bring out the importance of what Kolams are and there are a good number of simple 'pulli kolam' designs in that page.

More about these later.

Got some links and resources on Kolams? Let me know.

Hosting pictures online

I've scanned some of my kolams scanned and wanted to host them in this blog. Unfortunately, all the picture hosting services seem to start charging after some point of time. So, I'm still looking for a free picture-hosting service from which I can link up these images to the blog.

Blogger suggests 'Flickr' but it seems to take eternity to load. Anyone aware of free hosting for pictures online that does not require the viewers to sign-up to see them? I've already tried Ofoto and Yahoo!

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Kolams: an Introduction

Kolam is basically drawn by joining dots or lines according to ones's imaginations. It is the traditional form of art, of India, especially down south, drawn on floor, every day in front of the house, or on special occassions such as birth day celebratons, wedding, house warming cerimonies etc. We use powders, chalk, soft rock powder and color dyes.

Drawing kolam requires, besides imagination, concentration and innovative mind to draw designs to capture the attention of beholders. Like golf it requires unison of mind body and soul to draw designs. The person who draws it is like a creator and not like a developer.

Using my vast experience from child hood, (still I learn and am interested in learing from the learned in this kind of art) I have developed a method for making even a newcomer start drawing kolams within a short while.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Kolams, Rangolis and what's more?


I am Kaveri Ranganathan and this is my first blog. I am very passionate about drawing kolams. Since my school days, I've been drawing various types of kolams and have participated in many activities related to kolams, rangolis, design etc. I will use this blog to discuss ways of learning kolams, views on design, showcase some of my works and for similar useful purposes. I also intend starting a regular newsletter for those who wish to learn kolams.Feel free to post your comments here and I'll be happy to respond to these.