Preethi Ravichandran

Preethi Ravichandran

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This artwork is my attempt to make the ephemeral art form of Kolam patterns to a permanent artwork. Kolam is a daily women’s ritualistic impermanent art form created by Tamil Hindu women throughout Tamil Nadu in southeastern India practiced for hundreds of years, drawn in the threshold of every house with rice flour. The word ‘kolam’ in Tamil implies beauty, form, and play; it is a quiet ritual full of grace to make the home a sacred space which makes it a visual joy. The Kolam is a symbol of an open heart and an auspicious welcoming. It creates a colourful, devotional presence in all the places that it graces, hence immensely contributing to the wellbeing of the viewer.