A Kolam, an ephemeral traditional Art for happiness, wisdom

by Olga Helys June. 03, 2019 343 views

In the Ganesh Party, Paris 2012 - The Kolam is drawn by women in front of the doors of houses and shops as a welcome and to bring luck and prosperity to the inhabitants of the house and visitors. The Kolam is executed on a moistened floor so the drawing holds better. Rice powder is a sign of daily kindness, guaranteeing the welcome of strangers in the house; saffron powder is a reminder of purity, spirituality. The Kolam is a hand-made drawing, letting the powder flow, starting from the center of the drawing. The lines must be continuous in order to prevent evil spirits from entering the interior of the shapes drawn and, symbolically, prevent them from entering the interior of the house. The drawings are always symmetrical figures, lotus flower, star… The Kolam shows you have a good understanding of your place in life. It symbolizes the ephemeral aspect of life but also its perpetual rebirth, from one day to the next, from one generation to the next because it is carefully transmitted from mothers to daughters. - Hei Li, Olga HELISOA

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

Photo by © Hei Li, Helys Photos, 2012

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Heike 1 year, 4 months ago

What a nice tradition !

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Olga Helys Replied to Heike 1 year, 4 months ago

thanks Heike!

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Russell Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

Quite a beautiful tradition .

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Olga Helys Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 4 months ago

welcome Russell!

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

Interesting custom! Nice camera work!smile

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Olga Helys Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 4 months ago

thanks for your appreciation, Jay!

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