Kolam at the entrance to a Tamil Nadu home

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Comments (13)

©polytropos on July 11, 2007

I really like this composition.

Keith P. Luke on July 22, 2007

This shot should be a National Geographic cover!

meade on July 30, 2007

Another shot involving stairs! This one an equally interesting composition - what is the significance of the pattern? I looked up Kolam and got member of a tribe in southern India.

Marilyn Whiteley on July 30, 2007

Thanks, polytropos, Keith, and meade. Here, meade, is the address of the Wikipedia article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolam

We saw hundreds of them, I suppose, most from a moving bus. But when I saw this (across from a small development project we were visiting), I felt that the kolam had just given me a blessing--the blessing of this wonderful view!

The jugs are a reminder that even today, probably millions of Indian women are still carrying water for their family every day.

Keith P. Luke on July 31, 2007

Maryln, every day millions of American women also carry water for their families. Only they carry it in Dasani and Aquafina bottles in the backs of their SUVs. ;)

Marilyn Whiteley on July 31, 2007

Poor things . . .

francescorigo on March 12, 2008

yes poor things, beautiful picture, and the symbol is very charming... i do not know but it attracted me very much. Thank you for sharing.

francesco from italy.

Marilyn Whiteley on March 12, 2008

Thank you for your visit and comment, Francesco, and welcome to Panoramio. Greetings from Canada. Marilyn

dhanasekaran muthu on December 12, 2009

Dear Marilyn Whiteley, Please see the comments of Mr Keith P. Luke, on July 22, 2007, who said:

"This shot should be a National Geographic cover!"

I do not want to give such a sarcastic remark!

It is strange to note that you have not visited even a tip of an iceberg of the the treasure of arts in Indian "kolam" (Tamil) or the "Rangoli"(Hindi). I would like to invite to my site showing "Kolam" at Thoothukudi-also visit wikipedia pictures of Thoothukudi. Please click RANGOLI of India in any search Engine to enjoy the colourful depiction of Kolams.I am sorry to note that your image projects the poorest status of the poorest(but still clean in the house keeping)while beautiful kolams are available in several indian towns and cities

Marilyn Whiteley on December 13, 2009

Thank you, dhanasekaran muthu, for your interesting comment. I enjoyed looking at your photos of colourful and elaborate kolams and I have done some searching too. I also have but have not posted photos of more elaborate kolams.

At the same time, I hope you understand that when I took this picture, I was interested not only in the kolam but in its setting and in the composition of the photograph. I feel that there is often beauty in simplicity.

dhanasekaran muthu on January 8, 2010

Dear Marilyn Whiteley, I do understand your spirit snd concept of "Beauty in Simpliciy". Yes for the woman who has drawn the kolam, this is big enough to fill her complacent heart. To add more to the significance of this types of Kolam - one with dots and continuous /non terminating closed loops with symmetry (some without dots too dots are required to keep the metre and symmetry)- it is the belief that the evil spirits keep away from the house. There are more other types of kolams which are for rituals and chanting of divine mantras(meditative verses). This is only for information and not a stout claim.

Marilyn Whiteley on January 8, 2010

Thank you for this comment, and for the earlier suggestions of things I might search. I was very interested in what I learned through using them.

juncujuncu on November 23, 2011


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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2005/02/21 00:53:15
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