Poo Kolam 8th September 2022 Dr Beena
Hello, everyone; today is Onam, the harvest festival for Malayalees😊😊😊. It is not a well-known festival like other Indian festivals, but for us, it is a special occasion. I wish to reveal a secret here; I nearly forgot until one of my young friends reminded me that he expected an “Onam appropriate” painting🙄🙄. I perused many Onam pictures on you-tube and posts from friends.
One of my friends from Cochin used to send me photos of “poo kolam” daily. That gave me some ideas. Coincidently, in my art class, I was learning to draw mandalas. Hence, I thought, why don’t I paint a “poo kolam”😂😂.
A little bit about the history of “poo kolam”. It began in Tamil Nadu about 600 years ago, when women of the house would draw patterns in the entrance to the front door. The women did the designs at dawn with rice flour with mathematical precision😊😎. Yeap, the six concepts of mathematics are observed in this sacred ritual. Isn’t that amazing? Every curve or straight line needed a vertex point. The actual concept of these designs will be lost soon after it is created, as the birds or ants may pick on them, people will walk past, or the wind or rain will wash off the design. Every day, a new design will be created based on many factors, including the mood of the creater😄😉. It is almost like a renewal of visual performance in which tradition (continuity) and change (innovation) exist simultaneously.
I hope my watercolour Onam greeting based on the principle of mandala drawing fulfilled the concept of “poo kolam”. For all my Malayalee friends, my gals and I wish you Happy Onam🙏🙏😊🐶🐶🐶.