Monday, January 30, 2012

Just Like That!!!

Nature is the greatest Artist of all...


Opening Up......

Nature's Bowl?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Kalamezhuthu or Kalam Pattu is a unique form of temple art found only in Kerala. The patterns to be drawn and the colours chosen are traditionally stipulated, and the tradition is strictly adhered to. Kalams are drawn in connection with the worship of Devi, Naga and Sastha. In each case the patterns, minutest details, dimensions and colour choice are mandatory and not arbitrary. The patterns vary considerably depending on the occasion, but rarely by the choice of the artist. Even the order of creation is laid down.

The drawing is done directly with the hand, that is, without using any tools whatsoever. The colours are made from natural resources. The powders used are all natural (Vegetable or Mineral or combined). The usual items used are: Rice (white), Turmeric (yellow), Charcoal from paddy husk (black), blend of Turmeric powder and Lime (red) and powdered leaves (green).

Kalams are Traaditionally drawn by Kurups (an indigenous Hindu caste of Kerala). 

Here is a glimpse of a Bhagavati Kalam representing Tirumandhamkunnu Bhagavati, the presiding deity of the region:

A Fully drawn Kalam depicting Tirumandhamkunnu Bhagavati (Bhadrakali) who is the presiding deity of the area

Another View
The close up of Face

The Garland and sword of the Goddess Bhadrakali

A View of the platform on which Kalam is Drawn

Kuruppu, The Artist and Performer

Ritual of Erasing the Kalam in Progress

It took him more than four hours to draw the Kalam  as an Artist and less than two minutes to erase it as a Velichappadu (an oracle or a medium between the Goddess and the worshipper in a Hindu temple)

Saturday, January 21, 2012


I found a beautiful, colourful fellow lurking around some wild flowers...

Where can I find some nectar???

This seems to be a good place...

Let me try from this angle....


Thursday, January 12, 2012


 It is not often that one is able to capture insects at leisure. I got an opportunity to click a few. So, here they are...

Honey Bees Quenching Thirst

The Wasp is thirsty too...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Butterflies fill the world with colours... Here is a glimpse...
I named this one Tiger Butterfly- it not only have the same shades, but was also as elusive as the tiger!!!

Black and White Beauty!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Common Kingfisher

I had been waiting for this fellow for long... At last he obliged!

Common Kingfisher
Waiting for the catch