Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Master of the Kolams

Nearing my photographic tour of the kolams in the neighborhood, some young men directed me to yet another alley. Here, surrounded by either onlookers or admirers, was an old man with thick farsighted glasses. With his cross-legged position and hands slightly bent up, it was if he was blessing something or someone. The colored mountain and sun design was quite curious, considering all the radial symmetrical kolams present everywhere else. What was its symbolism? Was this old man representing a god, lording over is dominion of nature? Or was he simply a master of the drawing in front of him?

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