I was captivated at first sight by the modest form of the kôlam. Anonymous and timeless,it reveals the ancient philosophical ideas and symbols of Hindu religious practices.
Traditional floor paintings have been part of my Indian journey and I learned to draw the vibrant kôlam. The variety of designs has inspired me this story in image.
Bhumi (Earth), Apa (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (Air / Wind), and Akasha (Space) are the five Elements or Panchabhuta.
They are among the oldest of Indian spiritual texts which contain some of the earliest concepts of Hinduism. The Upanishads are records of question-and-answer sessions given by sages to their students.
For a short time I studied Kerala mural painting. As an exercise, my teacher asked me to copy the parrot seen down left. Later i did learn many kolam designs including parrots.
In Homage to the brutal killing of innocent children and students throughout the world.
Air, Fire, Water and Earth; the Elements that create, feed and destroy the world.
Embracing the last tree on earth, Nayika thinks about water, the lack of it, the water fetching by women or children, the distress of farmers, the abandoned ships of Aral sea. The only worthy temples are the bâoli or stepwells in Rajasthan.
Ephemeral creations with powders.
I received as a gift the book "Love stands alone" . It is a selection from Tamil Sangam poetry. The liveliness of the situations and the translation of Thangappa have inspired me quite a few images.