Workshop participants will work with the teachers and dancers of the Ragamala Dance Company to draw and create Kolams on paper and on the floor of the Sunken Room at Chatfield Center for the Arts. The workshop is free and open to the public and designed for those 18 years of age+.
Kolam is an artistic creation made with rice flour created daily outside the front entrance of the home, typically by the women of the household. It is predominant in South India, while also seen in a few places in northern Indian and South East Asia.
Kolam is traditionally made with rice flour that becomes a food for ants and birds. In Indian philosophy, there is a concept of living in harmony with creatures around you and if you to do good karma to the creatures around you each day, they bless you and make the day less painful. Kolams are also thought to bring prosperity to the home.