Workshop on the Farm: The Art of Kolam (Rice Flour Drawing)
A hands-on visual art activity with Ragamala Dance Company
Each day before sunrise, in southeastern India, millions of women create Kolams—intricate designs made of dry rice flour—on the ground in front of their homes. This daily ritual creates a sacred space and becomes a link between the intimate home and the vastness of the outside world. Throughout the day, birds and insects eat the rice flour, creating a conscious act of giving back to the Earth a bit of what we have taken from it.
The philosophy at the heart of the Kolam tradition—which values the interconnectedness between humanity and the natural world—served as an inspiration for choreographers Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy in creating Sacred Earth.
In the stunning setting of DreamAcres farm, participants will learn to make their own traditional Kolam designs with rice flour on the ground. Ragamala artists will introduce them to the history of this age-old ritual and how it has been sustained in contemporary, cosmopolitan India, where it provides a daily reminder of the importance of respecting the Earth.
Free and open to the public.