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seasonal muggu artists 2014…

It would not be the festive season without the beautiful muggu of the tiny village of Ajjampudi and the hybrid of Hindu customs and christian celebrations is so typical of this corner of India. I always take a walk here early mornings during this period to see these wonderful chalk or rice flour drawings…

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deeksha, muggu and dosas…

Morning walks are always enlightening, trying to find new routes, little angles i have not yet explored. The earlier i go the better, these were all taken around 6.30/7.00am…

A group of Ayyappa Deekshas getting close to the end of their period of abstinence, coming back from Temple:

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…and early morning is the best time to catch the muggu drawings freshly done, in this house a mother and daughter were both busy making their muggus. The father called me over seeing my camera and asked me to photograph them, the daughter did not want to be photographed…just her work…and as she was less experienced than her mum, she was still working from a notebook of patterns. Most households have these books and during festive periods the newspapers also produce patterns to be copied…

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…and taking a shortcut towards Gannavaram in another small village near ours they are, in impromptu Indian style, selling breakfasts of dosas and idlis (delicious crepes and fluffy steamed “cakes” both served with coconut chutney -my fave- or a sicy broth known as sambar) and savory spicy donuts…it’s all good…

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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…

ajjampudi-muggu-artists

end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it

more-indian-beauty-indian-beauty-parlour

live-kolam-action

kolam

puja

christmas muggus in ajjampudi…

Beautiful Christmas muggu in the tiny village of Ajjampudi, which is a small village to about 1 km walk from the orphanage where i am staying. I walked through it early on Christmas morning as i have done for the last few Christmases as i knew the muggu (Telugu word for the Hindu welcome drawings drawn in powder daily on the thresholds of homes, shops, entrances…) would be a bit different on this day.

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some more muggu…

Some more muggus (hindu chalk/powder drawings of welcome) from the village of Ajjampudi, because i love them…

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other muggu/kolam posts on this site

ajjampudi-muggu-artists

end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it

more-indian-beauty-indian-beauty-parlour

live-kolam-action

kolam

puja