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muggu artist…

Was lucky enough to film this woman going about her daily ritual of making her Muggu (Hindu welcome drawing) from rice flour. The film lasts about 6 minutes and is worth watching as she is so skilled and it is an absolute beauty.:

other muggu/kolam posts on this site

christmas muggus in Ajjampudi

photoshop muggu

some more muggu…







live kolam action…

Finally after 3 years of trying, i managed to catch someone actually drawing a kolam (Hindu welcome drawing). I found this young girl just beginning at 6am in the village of Buddavaram just outside the orphanage on an early morning walk. She is using rice flower to draw with…looks so easy, i tried…it’s not!

for more kolams see my flickr page


So as i mentioned in a previous post, Hindu Indian women get up around 4 or five in the morning and make these drawings outside the entrances to their homes. It is considered to be bad luck to repeat the exact same kolam pattern within a 30-day period.

They then proceed to do all their housework including some very complex cooking processes so that by round about 10 in the morning when it starts to get hot, they can take things easy…but only for the “wealthier” women. For the others after household duties they would then go on to labour in the fields.

for more Hindu chalk drawings click here

…and i leave you with this sage piece of wisdom from a “how to draw a kolam” website:
“Don’t be discouraged by ants or small rodents that start eating the rice flour, therefore ruining the design of the kolam. The purpose of the kolam is to welcome everyone into your home, so simply start anew every morning with a new kolam.”

young guns…

requested portraits:

They asked me for a photo as i was crossing a bridge near the orphanage…they already looked pretty good but the photo was made for me when the young boy scout cycled into view…

The Hindu welcome drawing was freshly done…it was so beautiful with the red powder…and then the green sari…!!i really want to see these delicate drawings  being executed, but most women here get up around half past four or five in the morning, and do it then, so i keep missing it…

…also not so nice to be scrambling about the countryside in the pitch dark, not that its dangerous or anything, it’s just that here, you really need to be able to see where you are placing your feet!

She was washing clothes in a lake near Tulip Gardens orphanage…I was on my way there with a couple of doctors, then one of the docs had the “great” idea that she wanted to try washing the clothes too…it was a horrible Marie Antoinette moment…But the washer women took it with good grace…