Kolam Drawn In The Street For A Religious Festival In Gokarna, Karnataka, India - : News Photo
Kolam Drawn In The Street For A Religious Festival In Gokarna, Karnataka, India - : News Photo

Kolam Drawn In The Street For A Religious Festival In Gokarna, Karnataka, India -

INDIA - CIRCA 1900: Kolam drawn in the street for a religious festival in Gokarna, Karnataka, India - The art of kolam is a traditional and ancient India, particularly in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, where it is usually transmitted from mother to daughter. The kolam is in the form of a drawing on the ground, especially in front of the entrance to the house, or to the representations of deities. In the first case, the women generally perform in honor of the goddess Lakshmi, invited and bring luck and prosperity to the house and family. It is also a sign of welcome for visitors and for the gods ... not to mention the visual amenity that anyway such decoration offers to everyone. The elaboration of the kolam in front of Indian homes, takes place daily at sunrise. It also happens that the kolam is drawn at the end of day. The kolam of the day all are white, whereas at the occasion of religious holidays you get into color patterns, more elaborate. It is on a moistened soil that will trace the drawing: the woman who draws the kolam first takes care to spray the soil with clean water. The design incorporates geometric patterns already known, but may also use the personal inspiration of the moment. More figurative representations - especially those of flowers - are not excluded. The record of the grounds is traditionally made with rice flour and various colored powders. It is a question as to impart a clever gesture of the hand so as to form lines or filling areas of the pattern. The thumb and forefinger liquefy and guide the powder so as to leave a trace regular soil. The pattern is started by its center and then goes on to be moving away. Nowadays, however, the rice flour is increasingly neglected in favor of lime. (Photo by Veronique DURRUTY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)


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Credit:Veronique DURRUTY / Contributor
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Date created:January 01, 2000
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