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Colourful kolams


THE TAMIL month of Margazhi reminds all of spic and span houses, early morning temple visits, rendition of bhajans and, of course, the beautiful kolams (rangoli).

The making of Kolam is a traditional art particularly liked by women. Such is their enjoyment, that they try to make kolams as big as they can with beautiful designs and attractive figures.

New techniques like increasing the number of dots and rows and using different coloured powders is attempted.

In one such attempt, Usha, who runs the RUSK Rangoli Colour Kolam, has tried the kolams in a different powder made out of `Pancha Bootha Stones'.

"There are about 67 types of stones, of which five stones, which denote the five forces of nature -- air, fire, water, earth sky -- and are called the Pancha Bootha Stones.

"Using these stones a special type of powder has been created and are sold for the purpose of making rangolis," she says.

These powders, which come in 24 different shades, can be reused if they are used for kolams drawn inside the house.

Similarly, by using a special gum it can also be drawn in water and stands for a long time since it does not dissolve in water. However, the powders used to design kolams under water cannot be reused.

For more details, dial 5373568 or 5375229.

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