Kolam Competition

 Krishna and Radha
Kolam #79 on Beach Road in Pondicherry 13 January 2008 

13 January 2008

There was a kolam competition early this morning on Beach Road in Pondicherry.  Over 500 women (mother-daughter teams, friends, colleagues) participated in this annual event the day before the start of the 4-day Pongal festival.  By the time I got to Beach Road in the late afternoon, most of the kolams had been destroyed by passing traffic, so all the pictures shown here (with permission) were taken by Policarpio (Tony) Soberanis, who was also too late to capture more than 230 of the 500 entries.

Flower Kolam   Fruit Kolam   Grain Kolam   Mixed Kolam   Mixed Flower Kolam

Most of the kolams were fairly traditional, with flower and geometric themes.  Some competitors added a twist by using chopped flowers, fruits and vegetables, and grains in addition to or instead of the white and colored rice powder.

Peacock Kolam1   Peacock Kolam2   Peacock Kolam3   Peacock Kolam4   Peacock Kolam5

The second most popular theme was the peacock – the national bird of India.

Kids Kolam   Baby Krishna   Menorah Kolam

These three also caught my eye.  Is that a menorah in the middle of kolam # 206?


5 Responses to “Kolam Competition”

  1. 1 MEENA September 12, 2009 at 9:05 am


  2. 2 rvijayalakshmi November 28, 2009 at 6:15 am

    Send me new kolsmd and take me as a participant for competitions

  3. 3 PRARTHANA February 16, 2010 at 7:52 am


  4. 4 Ponniah March 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I was browsing the Internet for pictures of wedding Kolam. Came accross you Kolam pictures. I like to find out whether you or any other supplier could send me by post to Canada one kolam made on cloth. I would like to display that at the Banquet Hall where there is a wedding. It can be an advertisement in Canada.How much that will cost me? Please reply.
    Thank you

  5. 5 najaha October 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Iam very satisfied the kolam is awesome pls encourage them……………

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