Kolam ✿ Stories of Tamil culture
Every 16 January, Tamils celebrate a festivity of fertility and renewal called Mattu Pongal. It’s a time for all people of different castes and creeds to dine together. The festival occurs at a time of harvest when there is abundant rice. As part of the preparation for the New Year, houses are cleaned and new vessels are purchased.
During every day of this festival, a fresh design called “kolam” is painted on the ground. Rice dishes are prepared early in the day for crows.
Enjoy these stories of Tamil culture:
Moon viewing platform - Visit the moon viewing platform to gaze upon the lunar transitions that perform the cycle of life and death. A Kolam for Washington DC - Shanthi Chandrasekar tracks the memories of Kolam adornment rituals that now inspire a homage to the US Vice-President. उपहार – Uphaar - “Uphaar” is a Hindi word for offering or gift or any service done by heart for someone. How can objects bring us closer together? The Pappanji of Kochi - Daniel Connell witnesses the ritual burning of a white bearded man that climaxes the Kochi Murirs Biennale The angels of Dhadhampatti - Julia Raath visits the Tamil Nadu village of Sittilingi and is inspired to help them bring vibrant colours to far away lands. Made for Parade - The Zapotec concept of guendalisaà often involves the contributions members of a community make to festival events, such as processions. Made for Parade - Enjoy the beautiful creations made for use in processions and dance across our wider world Indian dirt - In Issue #3, we featured Clare Kennedy as a case study for the Apprenticeship exhibition at Artisan Gallery. She wrote about going to India to study the changing brick industry—"It is a story worth telling". She shares with us now the remarkable discoveries of that trip. A map for the embroidered garden - Gopika Nath's essay draws on a lifetime of learning in the enduring power of craft. Here's a quick guide to some major influences in her essay.