Double line kolam for competitions
is in how to make rangoli designs
14 dots common kolam with dots for Margazhi kolam competitions or as Pongal kolam
Mehndi rangoli designs for competitions
19 dots birds kolam for rangoli competition in college / festivals for Pongal or Margazhi kolam
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Margazhi Competition rangoli with 15 dots
After going through my blog after just two plus years there may be close to a thousand kolam ( it is an estimate and I have not counted ) designs under various names, kolam sans dots , kolam with dots with number of dots and so on. It has been really hard work and the support of viewers that has led to the success of Rangoli-sans-dots if I can call this 'success ' . Taking into consideration the comments and mail I have received I think I may have inspired a few youngsters to take up this beautiful and simple art of India and draw different kolam at the entrance and may be this is an important parameter for measuring success.
It is not easy balancing demands of the family and sparing time for creating and drawing kolam.. After confining myself to only kolam ( a niche that is highly restricted though I have very few posts on crafts and festivals) I feel humbled by the fact that the contents have been viewed millions of times . I thank you all and seek the blessings of those elder to me in my endeavour.
Some articles on crafts and festivals that may be of interest are
Flower decorations for Puja
Thoranam and garland decorations for Varalakshmi Vratham
I am active on Google Plus profile - Sudha Balaji amd YouTube - Rangolisansdots only. We need a (social) medium to interact with the viewers.
If I have doubts I consult my elder sisters who in my opinion are my best kolam makers after my mother.
My mother advised us that a kolam drawn by a woman is a reflection of herself and asked us to get involved with religious fervour in drawing kolam. The beauty of the kolam drawn by us should be measured by our love for the art and tradition and not only by the size and colours in the kolam. So I draw kolam daily at the entrance - they are small and simple because what is the meaning of kolam - kolam means beauty in Tamil.
Some of the kolam I draw at the entrance have been shared at
Kolam for entrance
My kolam at vaasal for Friday
I am asked how I am able to draw perfect geometric shapes including circles. Frankly, I must admit that I may draw relatively perfect geometric shapes most of the times. What I draw may not be perfectly perfect !
We are humans and not computers to draw perfect shapes. Drawing with kolapodi using fingers when factored in makes it more difficult to draw perfect shapes. So I would request to continue to practice so that we can become relatively perfect. For those who find it difficult to draw circles with kolapodi there is the commonly used technique of using a piece of chalk tied to a thread to get concentric circles. I have tried both versions - drawing circles without any aid and drawing circles using a chalk piece and thread.
Please have a look .
Free hand rangoli designs is an example of rangoli-sans-dots
Kolam with dots or pulli kolam an example of rangoli-with-dots
Some of the comments relate to what kolam should we draw for days of the week. I do not practise kizhamai kolam as it is called (for Monday through Saturday ). However, for Friday Aishwarya kolam and Hridaya kamalam are preferred and they are drawn in the Puja room or for Tulasi Madaam.
In Rangolisansdots Hridaya Kamalam with steps is at
Hrudaya kamala kolam
Drawing sikku kolam on Friday at the entrance is to be avoided according to my mother
There is a collection of simple sikku kolam with steps at
Sikku kolam some simple designs
I am also asked what type of kolam should be drawn at the entrance. Kolam at the entrance conveys a message about the house. When there is a kolam at the entrance it means that all is well in the house. A big kolam or padi kolam ( also drawn with a kaavi border ) means that there is a function in the house ( it may be a Nitschayadhartham, marriage, house warming or Friday). So it is preferable to draw simple kolam at the entrance on a daily basis and reserve big kolam for important functions. When I happened to travel in some villages near Chennai I noticed this tradition being followed there.. Similarly when I visited Kancheepuram I noticed that this tradition was followed there also.
I have used "we" many times because " Kolam by Sudha Balaji " is due to the effort of two persons Sudha Balaji. I resigned from my job to take care of my in-laws. They were with us for more than two decades. I needed a diversion after their time. My husband suggested and encouraged me to try drawing kolam designs through a website after seeing me draw simple kolam at the entrance and based on his idea Rangolisansdots was born.
Kolam as an art may be suitable for all age groups . It may be considered to be one of the better hobby ideas for women or one option for art ideas for women and teenagers. It may offer physical and mental exercise simultaneously !