April 2008
Kolams by Lakshmi Raghu, Bharathi Bhaskar
 
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Rangolis by Lakshmi Raghu
 
 
Floral rangolis by Lakshmi Raghu
 
 
Kolams by Lakshmi Raghu
created using items that are given to Sumangalis on festival days
(betel leaf, turmeric, kumkumam, bangles, mirror, mehendi, cosmetics, flowers, fruits...)
 
Kolams & text by Lakshmi Raghu, Bharathi Bhaskar
created for Ramanavami
The kolams have been created using items offered to Sri Rama on Rama Navami Day.
BUTTER,PANAKAM, BUTTER MILK, DATES, KALKANDU, FRUITS, SOAKED GREENGRAM DHAL, HONEY, FLOWERS, BETEL LEAVES, RAISINS.
 There is a BHADRAACHALA RAMADASA keerthana - that SRIRAMA'S name is the sweetest, greater than all these items.
"SRIRAMA NEE NAAMAM YEMI RUCHIRAA?  O RAAMA NEE NAAMA ENTHO RUCHIRAA.
Meaning of  these two lines - O SRIRAAMA, HOW TASTY IS YOUR NAME. O RAAMA, YOUR NAME IS SO TASTY.

Kolams & text by Lakshmi Raghu, Bharathi Bhaskar
created for Ugadi
The festival of "UGAADI" is celebrated on the first day of Telugu/Kannada new year every year. Each year has got it's own specific name.
The name for this new year is "SARVADHAARI" (on the same basis, we have 2007/08 and so on as per English calander).
On this day Telugu people prepare "UGAADI PACHADI" (chutnee) using six ingredients (SHADRUCHIES) such as SALT,GREEN CHILLIES {in some places pepper is also used}, TAMARIND, NEEM FLOWERS, JAGGERY AND RAW MANGOES.
The philosophy behind this is that life is a mixture of experiences and we have to face it with an even mind.
The kolam is created with mango leaves, neem leaves, flowers, bananas. turmeric, kumkum boxes are only for decoration.
In the second kolam, pepper has also been used for decoration.
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Water rangolis
Kolam & text by Lakshmi Raghu
Step 1: Take a steel or glass bowl / tray (with glass you can get 3D effect),
apply lubricant on the surface by using ghee or oil, pour water upto edges of the bowl.
 
Step 2: Spead fine rice powder or white distemper powder on the surface of the water.
 
Step 3: Draw the design and fill the colours as required.
 
 
 
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