Margazhi dew drops Kolam contest - 2008-2009

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About Margazhi dew drops Kolam contest - 2008-2009 : PRINT

This is straight dotted kambi kolam. 65 dots straight line and 33 dots horizontal line.

I have put this Vinayagar kolam for the Times of India margazhi kolam contest and I won the prize worth Rs.25,000/- Designer saree from RMKV. First I put this vinayagar on paper with pencil. It took 2hrs. Then I thought if I drew this kolam with rice flour, would it take more than 3hrs? So, I started this kolam at 3am in the early morning. Dots tooks 2 hrs, after that I finished Vinayagar at around 8.30am in the morning. Behind my house there is space to draw my Vinayagar. In that place we didn't have proper lights. My father and brothers made some temporary arrangements and fixed a small light, and my sister and brother's wife were also up early morning, and they stood in both sides and gave some feedback every now and then ( looks nice, good, draw the line properly, correctly). My family supports to me a lot.

Hard work never fails. Its god's gift.

With Regards

Chikku Kolam
Dotted kolam
Margazhi dew drops Kolam contest - 2008-2009
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Jill's picture

I would give this 6 stars if I could! What an amazing Ganesha!

Lata's picture

Hi Jill, do drop in after the contest to check out her write-up about her experience!

sitashank's picture

Very clever use of spaces to delineate the form of Vinayaka.Neat execution,too. I envy you. I wish I could make them as neat as you do.

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Hannya of Kokusai(Internationa In Japanese) traditional pattern Arts and Science Forum KASF from Japan

Ver interesting and nice design.
I understand now it looks like an elephant/Ganesha
Is this a complete single string Sikku/Neli-Kolam ? or a multi-string Kolam ?
Which do you call/name this type Kolam ?

sitashank's picture

Dear Hannya,
Only Hema could answer if it was done in one string only or many were required.This type is still a Sikku or Neli Kolam even though the design is figurative and not the usual square or diamond or rectangular.Are you associated with Mr Shojiro Nagata?If so could you tell me how to contact him? I am interested in his field of research about Kolams and Psychology.Many Thanks in advance.

sitashank's picture

Dear Hannya, A Post Script.
I did a more detailed study of the Kolam since my previous note.The Kolam is not done with a continuous straight line.Some of the lines do not form a sinngle loop but start at one place and end at another point.In that sense it isn't traditional.

dakshini's picture

A wonderful creative work. It can be enhanced with lining around the art with kavi, any way a good work

aishwaryavani's picture

It is really a nice work, and it might be better if multicolors were used. Good job.

indulatha's picture

Hard work

viji_j86's picture

Nice and shows the hardwork

vyjayanthi's picture

My favarate ganesha! Great work...hat off to you.


manivasuki62's picture

very beautiful

s_thilagavathi's picture

Very Nice effort. Keep it up.

jayamohan's picture

I appreciate your patience in doing this!

sundarmaya's picture

this looks so much like the kolam that won the prize in the Times of India Margazhi kolam contest. Are you by any chance the same person who got the designer sari from Aishwarya sponsored by RMKV? I think this is that kolam and you are that person. Congrats to you! great effort and very good work! ore kallula rendu maangava?

indirasundhar's picture

very good work

Rradharavi's picture

no words to express great work

lakshmiraghu's picture

Wow excelent work.and very good thought,no words to express .... how long you drawn this???waiting to read about the experience

rajamma_2's picture

wonderful!!!! waiting to read about her experience

rajamma_2's picture

wonderful!!!! waiting to read about her experience

bharathibhaskar's picture

beautiful kolam

jkmrao's picture

I congratulate the artist for not using
colours. After all vinAyaka is SuklAMbaradharaM,
right. Thus the white colour is quite apt. I
am not sure whether this could be made more
effective by using more gaps and spaces creating
a contrast. Best of luck and regards! - mOhana

lakshmishankar's picture

very nice

Sumathi.v's picture

Great work,simply superb even without the colours I can see life in it!!!!!!

Jimraa's picture

wow! this had to require a lot of planning - I couldn't even imagine making this, great work!

chitraa's picture

vinayagar nandraga erukirar

hema131177's picture

Thanks for comments ..... :)-
Thanks again

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sumathik's picture

excellent great job. Nice to see the vinayagar.All the best.

Lata's picture

Our congratulations to you Hema! I've heard about people who'd studied under poor lighting conditions back in India, but this is the first time I'm coming to know of people who make art under any kind of situations! Where there is a will...there's a way, for anybody, all one has to believe in it!
Thank you for sharing your unique experience.

jayamohan's picture

Oru kallil rendu maangai-as Sundarmaya has said!
You deserve it for your innovation and hard work!

sitashank's picture

You deserve it for the Design and Execution and Creativity.Your write up of the process of the Kolam from your mind to the Ground is very exciting and Inspiring.I am curious to know how long the Kolam stayed in its Place Before being removed for the next one.[seriously].I will be gratefull if this Query of mine is answered not only by you but the other participants too.Thank you in advance.

Sarasp's picture

no words to express! excellent

manivasuki62's picture

your vinayakar is very beautiful.
congrats for getting first prize in times of India kolam contest!!

brindhayoga's picture

Excellent. No words to appreciate u & ur family. All the best

Take Care,
Brindha Yogananth

rajamma_2's picture

Hemamalini,your hard work has earned you the prize what you deserve.the amount of support from the family also should be appreciated.Choosing Lord Ganesha is very apt.your concentration with which you have put the dots and drawn the neli around it with perfection is amazing.As mOhanaji says with out color the kolam is standing out nicely.Only the backgroung floor is little bad.Even the early morning sun is eagerly peeping inside to see your GANESA.ALL THE BEST WISHES!

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jaanu's picture

Oh my god speechless.. so nice chikku kolam,.. very divine

subashini's picture

Amazing , creative work.It is true that, hard work never fails.

kameswari's picture

Wonderful creation Mam. Speechless to comment such an astonishing creation.

smahalakshmi's picture

Hema, I appreciate ur patience in placing the dots. You have done a very neat job. You deserve it.


lakshmiganapathiraman's picture

Pillyar,s anugraham will be very much for u dear. Real hard work.

anup's picture

Mind blowing.......COngrats,,,and very well deserved...... Smile

completelawyer's picture

omg...that's amazeing

completelawyer's picture

congratulations to u on the winning of prize.great art the way it's விநாயகர் not வினாயகர்.Kindly do correct it next time.

jaanu's picture

Extra Ordinary Kolam. Very much apt for winner entry.