Friday, May 22, 2009

Sketches by Ma - Part II


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Thank You
Nara
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14 comments:

Sandy said...

Beautiful Sketches again Nara..lovely..thanks for sharing!

Sandy :)

Life on Pause said...

Love LOVE!

And this time...I think my favorite is The Dancing Flowers

Sheila said...

Simply amazing!!! How does she do these? Does she simply get a pencil and start from the middle or does she lay out a pattern first? I can't imagine knowing where to start!

claude said...

Wonderful work ! I love a lot !

Viji said...

Lovely Kolams:-)! Tell ur mom!!!

The patterns are simply amazing!

Viji said...

Apart from aesthic value, its a food ants and other small insects:-)

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Thank you all...

Shelia..Its basically done on the floor with rice flour as i said in the last post...and while doing on the ground everyone including ma has to do it free hand…..starting from the center..(but here while doing in a A4 size paper, after planning the design in mind, ma first put dots, and used scale for straight lines) and for your info...in those days...every second women in a village will be capable of doing the same…and there are tens of thousands of women who are capable of doing this very same stuff and a lot many can do even better (this is what ma told me)…..though nowadays it has no much importance, as the women of today has much better work to do (that is their version;-))...but that is right too.....women don’t have enough time for all this...spending an hour in the early mornings before going to office, taking care of kids, hubby, elders….and so on….but still, there are a few who do this every morning in their own small way, just to keep up the tradition as it is considered to be auspicious.

Yesss rightly said Viji…..I have mentioned the same in the last post…..and yes will tell about your comment to Ma ;-)

Sheila said...

Oops sorry, I didn't read the explanation from the other posts. How sad this is a dying tradition and how wonderful you're documenting and memorializing something I never knew about!

I think this would be a fabulous book.

One more question. How long does this take her to do and how big do these average? Okay a couple of more questions.

Where do these patterns come from?

Vas Vasudevan said...

Fantastic work! Your mom is an artist. We have this tradition followed by brahmin families around palakkad district. They use rice flour to do this, it is amazing how they do that. Looks pretty complicated. Difficult to work it out where it was started or stopped.

Well done Ma!

Strawberry Girl said...

Fantastic!! Love your mothers work... in fact can I copy the first one and link to you on my blog?? Pretty please (beggin on my knees here). ;D

nsiyer said...

Hey man! did not realise you had these within you. I loved them.

Kelly said...

...these are so beautiful. It must be a form of meditation to slip into such geometry and beauty.

Greener Bangalore said...

Hi Straw you can copy and no need to be on knees ;-)..iyernhigher...in fact i requested her to sketch these recently..and she did it after a very long time...Vas yes you are right it is a bit complicated at times...Kelly...yes as u said it requires more concentration....Shiela...the size varies from a A4 size paper to as big as 10X10 feet dimension or even more (normally while doing in front of houses) and these patterns are passed on through generations from moms to daughters....and yes the more creative you are ......the more improvised and newer sketches comes out...and I read it somewhere its history dates back to Indus Valley Civilization around (2500 B.C) and there are notes mentioned in MAHABHARATA, that the GOPIKAS resort to this art form to get rid of pain of separation when their adored KRISHNA is away…

Tina said...

those are really nice. i can see those hung as a picture in my lounge ;)

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