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Chitta Shanti Kolam

For building mindfulness

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About the practice workshop

What practice will I learn

In Hema Kannan's workshops, practitioners will learn the art of creating kolams, which involves drawing intricate patterns on the floor. Participants will explore different types of kolams, including geometric and sacred designs. Hema will guide them through the techniques, postures, and tools used in kolam making. They will gain an understanding of the cultural and historical context of kolams. The practitioners will also have hands-on experience in creating their own kolams, allowing them to develop their attention to detail.

Benefits of this practice

Kolam-making serves as a mindful and meditative activity that helps calm the mind, reduce stress, and promote mental wellbeing. The focused and repetitive nature of creating intricate patterns allows individuals to enter a state of flow, enhancing concentration and clarity. Additionally, kolams encourage patience and discipline, as they require attention to detail and perseverance to complete. This practice also serves as a form of self-expression and creativity, allowing individuals to explore their artistic abilities and connect with their inner selves.

Incorporating in my life

To practice kolam-making in a routine manner, the practitioner needs to set aside 15 mins every day in the morning, to create the kolam. Care should be taken to draw the kolam, focusing on each line and shape, allowing oneself to enter a state of mindfulness. Throughout the day, the kolam should be maintained, and when the time comes, it should be gracefully erased to embrace new beginnings.

About the specialist

Hema Kannan is a kolam artist who shares the beauty of this ephemeral art form to bring positivity into people's lives. Through her intricate kolams, she cultivates focus, patience, and mental clarity. Hema's workshops create a sense of community and self-expression, fostering resilience and creativity. With a deep understanding of the art's ancient roots, Hema aims to make kolam contemporary and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Her unique approach to kolam making, coupled with her ability to infuse life lessons into her art, has made her an inspiring figure in the field. Hema's philosophy of embracing the art of letting go and celebrating the cycles of creation and recreation resonates deeply with her audience, leaving a lasting impact on their lives.

Online from
Mumbai

Ancient & scientific relevance

Ancient texts that refer to this

Silappadikaram, is a classic Tamil epic composed by Ilango Adigal, that dates back to the 5th or 6th century CE and provides valuable insights into the social and cultural practices of ancient Tamil Nadu.

Kolam, with its beautiful designs, can create a positive impact by enhancing aesthetics and promoting mindfulness and focus.

Modern research & publications

"Kolam, a traditional art form in South Asia, has positive effects on cognitive abilities"

Research Paper: Kolam: A Mathematical Treasure of South India

Author(s): Vidya Thirumurthy, Ksenija Simic-Muller

Introductory practice workshop

30-45 mins LIVE 1:1 online introductory practice workshop with Hema Kannan.

The session will be facilitated by the Leela Life Concierge Desk.

Plan for the intro session

Introduction to Kolam and it's various forms

Understand the significance of Kolam and how it cultivates creativity

Quick demosntration of Kolam making

Engage in an interactive Q&A session ask questions, gain deeper insights, and clarify doubts about the course

Pre-requisites for the intro session

A notebook with a pen or pencil

Plan for overall course

The specialist will be tailoring the practice workshop for you and the exact number of sessions will depend on multiple factors such as need, inclination, interest, absorption and more.

The plan below should give you a rough indication of how many sessions will it take for you to inculcate the learnings from this practice workshop in to your regular life by yourself.

Live 1:1 online practice workshops
11-16 sessions
Duration of each session
60 mins
Frequency
Weekly
Course price
$3500-$4500

Session 1

Introduction to Kolam Art and Geometry
  • Introduce the history and significance of Kolam art, and its cultural importance
  • Demonstrate the simplest techniques of making Kolam with fingers and how to create patterns using basic shapes
  • Explore the connection between math, logic, and geometric patterns in Kolam art

Session 2

Exploring Patterns and Drawing Journey
  • Focus on looping lines to form and explore intricate patterns in Kolam
  • Learn how to go around dots to create singular and multiple journeys

Session 3

Kolams for Different Days and Prayers Associated
  • Discuss the significance of drawing specific Kolams for each day of the week and the associated prayers
  • Demonstrate and guide participants in drawing traditional Kolams for specific days

Session 4

Special Yantra Kolams to Invoke Blessings
  • Introduce the concept of Yantra Kolams and their purpose in invoking blessings and positivity
  • Participants to draw Yantra Kolams

Session 5

Exploring Colors in Kolams
  • Discuss the use of colors in Kolams and their symbolic meanings
  • Teach techniques to use colors in traditional loop Kolams to enhance their beauty and meaning

Session 6

Creating Celebratory and Festive Rangolis
  • Explain the difference between regular Kolams and celebratory/festive Rangolis
  • Guide participants in designing and creating Rangolis suitable for celebrations and festivals

Session 7

Expanding Creativity in Kolam Making
  • Encourage participants to explore different approaches to loops and patterns to expand their creativity
  • Participants to create their own unique Kolams

Session 8

Drawing Major Motifs in Kolam
  • Teach participants to draw a peacock, demonstrating the process step-by-step
  • Guide participants in drawing different types of Lotus flowers in Kolam format

Session 9

The 1000 Petalled Lotus Kolam
  • Explore the wonder of the 1000 petalled Lotus and its representation in Kolam art

Session 10

Connecting Kolam to Celtic Knots
  • Introduction to the international art of Celtic knots
  • Demonstrate how to integrate Celtic knots into Kolam patterns

Session 11 & 12

Incorporating Meditative Mandalas
  • Explain the concept of Mandala art and its meditative benefits
  • Participants to incorporate Mandalas into their Kolam creations

Session 13 & 14

Creating 3D Illusions with Colors
  • Learn techniques to create 3D illusions using colors in Kolam art
  • Experiment and be creative with colors to achieve the illusion effect

Session 15

Semi-Permanent Kolams with Rice Paste
  • Introduction to the concept of semi-permanent Kolams drawn for festivals using rice paste
  • Learn how to prepare the rice paste and create Kolams using this technique

Session 16

Drawing Faces with Powders
  • Demonstrate how to draw faces colored powders in Kolam art
  • Participants to explore this challenging aspect of Kolam creation

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Conducted by

Hema Kannan

Talented Kolam Practitioner

Course price
11-16 sessions • Weekly
$3500-$4500
Start with intro session
$199
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