Kolam Contest

Kolam is my favorite art as you all know. :) But I have never been to a contest of this kind before.

Few days back, when I was gazing at the local news paper I found a column reading as

"Kolam Contest"
Lions club and Exnora sports club conducts a mega kolam contest at 10 Am on 3rd January, at Kasi Vishwanathar Temple, West Mambalam.

I was kind of tempted to participate but was equally scared too. Was wondering if I can really make a competitive one and make it finally. But I always had the courage to give it a try. So registered for it and my mom was a constant support for me always. She encouraged me so much and gave me ideas too.

The competition started at 10am and the given duration was 1 1/2 hours. They had allowed every participant to bring along a helper who can help them to complete the kolam.

But since I put in my own creativity in my kolam, I did not take my mom's help rather she participated as a contestant opposing me too :) That added little more josh and made it more interesting for me to do a better job than mom. :) :) :)

So now here it is...... This is the kolam that I did for the contest. Its absolutely an abstract well designed free hand kolam. :)

My Kolam for the contest1
Contestant no.28 - Nithya's Kolam :)


My Kolam for the contest
A side view :)


Mom did a great job too. I loved this peacock kolam of her's and she was flawless in her attempt at the contest too.

Mom's Kolam for the contest
Mom's peacock kolam :)


There were around 43 contestants and all of them did a great job. Infact most of them used colors and made it really attractive. :)

here is a long preview of the other entries for the contest.

Other entries for the contest5

Loads of hard work and group effort went on for an hour and a half.

Other entries for the contest4

Flowers, birds, symbols and so on....

Other entries for the contest3

Dark colors, light colors, jatang colors, dull colors and so on :)

Other entries for the contest2

Loads of people visited the show and enjoyed the tradition of Kolam :)

Other entries for the contest


This was the practice session that I had attempted the day before the contest to check out my speed. :) I completed this one in 20 mins :)

Practice Kolam
Practice Kolam at home


Practice Kolam1

And of course my hard work dint go waste.. I WON the contest too :) :) :)

All Smiles!!! :) :) :)

24 comments:

Swapna said...

Congrats Nithya!!! Your kolam looks really beautiful!!!!

Devi Meyyappan said...

Congrats Nithya! :)... your kolam is wonderful!!.. very very nice!, all the kolams are nice!! and shows the hard work from everyone!

Pavithra said...

Congrats nithi!!!! Your kolam is super.. great job nithi. Attama kolam is fantastic too.. hats off to both of you.

kalalayaa-paintings said...

congrats nithi,
wonderfull job.proportion s so good,i cant do a free hand drawing directly on floor.
grt work,looks neat n pretty

Lakshmi said...

Hi Nithya,
congrats..very beutiful free hand kolam. I like ur mom's peacock kolam..i would like to incorporate this design in hand embroidery some day..:)
thanks for all the beautiful kolams

Vidhya Ganesan said...

Congrats Nithya! I am just admiring your works.. No words to say.. I wonder if it was a kolam you have drawn on floor or a drawing on a paper? The kolam reveals your perfection in drawing skill and timing and also your concentration.
Happy New Year :)

Vidhya Ganesan said...

Congrats Nithya! I am just admiring your works.. No words to say.. I wonder if it was a kolam drawn on floor or on a piece of paper.. It reveals you perfection in drawing skills, timing and also your concentration and patience. Hats Off!! Happy New Year :)

nima said...

congrats Nithya...you deserve it...beautiful piece of work...

sarusriraj said...

congrats nithya, kolam looks very beautiful

Shama Nagarajan said...

Congrats dear...beautiful kolams

Devi said...

Awesome....Hearty Congrats.

priya said...

so creative and nice!

Madhavi said...

congrats. just beautiful.

EC said...

Even before I saw u mentioning that u won, I was hoping that u had won after seeing all entries, cause urs was undoubtedly the best..Congrats

vijis kitchen said...

congrats. Beautiful free hand kollam. peacock kolam also super too.
I love kolams. Keep posting kolams.

Rohini said...

Wonderful piece of work Nithi...It is undoubtedly flawless n beautiful... Psst..I did a small rangoli in our flat in India for New Year party, but thats nowhere near yours..Will post it soon (without shame!) :D

Sowmya said...

Stunning pics..ur kolam is so nice..how could u do like this..if i wish to draw a st line it'll become curve:)

rocksea said...

both of your kolams are beautiful! the plain white ones have a better feel than the colored ones :)

koneru said...

awesome ....i want u to teach me to be perfect as u are in free hand rangoli.

uma srinivasan said...

Hi i am Uma ,ur Kolams are very good ,that white Rangoli is very good,from where can we get these rangoli designs?

Nithya said...

Thanks all :)

Uma: Those are my own imaginative designs. But they are totally based on mehandi patters. So try working out all your mehandi patters using kolam. It will really look pretty :)

madhooo... said...

hey... nithya...
its really looking soo great yaar..
niceeee one.. keep it up!!

madhooo... said...

sooo creativeeeeeee............

madhooo... said...

soooooooo nice..........