Day 8/108 || Shyama || Draw Happiness Experience

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Bhargavii Mani
Bhargavii Mani
Bhargavii Mani returned to Chennai in 2010 after a successful stint in design firms abroad. Recognizing a gap in Chennai's Corporate Design scene, she founded Bhargavii Mani & Consultants in 2011. Her expertise in creative arts and strategy led to a diverse clientele. Beyond branding, she excels in photography, interior design, and promoting traditional South Indian art through the Kolam Podu project.

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down, ‘Happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, I told them, they didn’t understand life.”

Studies over years show us that happiness is a skill that can be practiced and  acquired. Of the 8 top ways to develop happiness, one is “be a part of an activity that makes you smile”. 

This is where we come in. Being part of an activity like drawing kolams, is a great way to embark on the happiness journey. Draw it, be proud of it, smile at it. 

Shyama, one who is dark-hued, is a pretty one to draw. She also reminds us to rise above darkness and negativity and pursue happiness.

Project Draw Happiness

Every human desires happiness. For some, just looking at the sky brings happiness. Simple. A few others go to great lengths to acquire happiness. Like going on a cruise in Alaska. Expensive. Sometimes not doing anything at all brings happiness. Inexpensive.

At Kolam Podu, we bring you draw happiness. Nothing elaborate, nothing expensive but a simple ritualistic habit that for over 108 days we are going to provide you simple uncomplicated kolams for you to draw and be inspired.

Life is beautiful, if you choose for it to be. Until then Kolam Podu !

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    • Brilliant !! Every Kolam in this series is meant to make you focus as the designs are not specifically easy. Most times the size intimidates people, thus we took this route of small designs which might not be the easiest to replicate.

  1. Thanks for this beautiful venture, am tryingto create my own designs, but they may be ones tweaked from the ones I’ve done all along! Have copied so many pretty ones, don’t know where the ones I try come from! No plagiarism intended..

    • None of us can say we own Kolams… the designs and process is such… Most times the design we think we have created, has been done by someone else. This is the harsh reality and the humbling truth.

    • Kolam is an art, no one should try claiming design rights to. Given a grid and some starting designs, atleast a 100 variations can be created and many people have now understood that they could come up with the same solution. The process of drawing Kolams itself humbles everyone because of this… Also the reason why I do not personally entertain those who start being pompous about it. Art should be enjoyed and this specific one is to bring people together 🙂


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