Kolam is an ancient folk art form that is still practiced daily on the floors of Hindu Temples and on the doorsteps of homes by the women of South India. Using rice powder, crushed stones and spices, as pigments, these dry powders are held in the hand and dropped to the ground by sifting between the thumb and forefinger.
The designs symbolize "welcome" and invite all things auspicious to enter within. The primary motif consists of a grid of dots surrounded by a meandering line. These "wave" designs, as they are called, with their twists and turns, reference the endless flow and ultimate unity of life. Their impermanence is a reminder of the transitory nature of the material world.
This type of arts are performed daily in front of the South Indian homes, during this art homemaker is accompanied with her daughter and she teaches how to do it. Each family has its own style, his personal inspiration. Each day, the pattern is different. The usual pattern will be white but on special eves, religious festival & family events it will be decorated with bright colors/ flowers. As the day moves on it will disappear under the feet of tresspassers/vehicles .Kolam classes are conducted in a group with minimum of three members. Weekly three sessions are handled.