Kolam: The Art of focus.

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Bhargavii Mani
Bhargavii Manihttps://bmandc.in
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.

Focus is crucial in our fast-paced world, enabling us to channel our energy and attention towards a specific task. Kolam, with its intricate patterns and rhythmic movements, encourages mindfulness and concentration. Here are a few key aspects achieved through drawing kolams:

1. Concentration on Details: Creating intricate patterns in Kolam requires attention to detail. Whether a simple kolam or a large design, the process involves focusing on each line, curve, and dot, ensuring precision and symmetry. This concentration on the intricate details helps to develop and strengthen the ability to focus and pay attention.

2. Flow State: Engaging in the process of drawing Kolam can lead to a flow state, a state of complete absorption and deep focus in an activity. When fully immersed in the creative process, individuals may experience a sense of timelessness, effortless concentration, and heightened productivity.

3. Single-Pointed Focus: As the patterns unfold, the mind becomes engrossed in the rhythmic and repetitive nature of the lines. This repetitive motion can act as a form of meditation, allowing the mind to let go of distractions and thoughts. It encourages single-pointed focus on the present moment and the task of creating the Kolam.

4. Spatial Awareness: Drawing Kolam requires an understanding of spatial relationships and the ability to visualize patterns. Through this practice, individuals develop spatial awareness and mental mapping skills. This improved spatial cognition contributes to overall enhanced focus and attention.

5. Calming Effect: Creating Kolam in a peaceful and serene environment can have a calming effect on the mind. When the mind is calm and relaxed, it is easier to maintain focus and sustain attention on the task. Whether it be the act of drawing a simple kolam or filling colours into your base design as they do in Rangoli, this practice itself can be therapeutic, promoting a sense of tranquillity and aiding in concentration.

Overall, drawing Kolam offers a meditative and creative outlet that promotes a state of focused attention and mental clarity.

Kolam in Tamil Nadu is muggulu in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, rangoli in Maharashtra, hase and rangavali in Karnataka, alopana in Bengal, to name a few.

Life is beautiful if we choose for it to be. Let’s draw happiness!


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