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This is my second shot about Kolams. This is the first one. Since i have given an exhaustive note on kolams on my previous picture, i am not repeating it here.

This here is Thilaka akka (akka = elder sister in Tamil), an expert in Kolams. The complexity of a kolam is judged by the number of dots you place before joining it with lines and curves transforming that into a beautiful pattern. A 3 dot kolam (dot = "pulli" in Tamil) will be a square, 3 dots big, each dot separated by about 10cms from each other. so in a 3 dot kolam, you will have 3 lines of dots each have 3 dots. confusing...? :)..wait till you hear this - Thilaka akka can draw 100 and 150 dot kolams...! phew..!

Here you see her decorating the verandah of her house with small kolam patterns. this was a special occasion as it was the temple festival time in their village in Dindugal. So, they clean and whitewash their house and apply a thin paste of water mixed with cowdung to purify the place which gives the green background to the Kolam.

Btw, Thilaka akka is the mother of little Reethi, who you will see in my previous Kolam picture.

The picture is posted as shot with a little bit of sharpening.

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