As Hindus around the world make preparations for the upcoming Deepavali celebrations, it is very common to see major public spaces like shopping centres and others to join in the festival buy putting up their own ways of observing this auspicious day. One of the most common and popular methods is by posting Kolams which is a design of a traditional motif using coloured rice, rice flour of sago.
This year, it seems that the main subject matter used by most places is the Peacock which, apart from being the national bird of India, it is also one of the most closely associated as the vehicle of Lord Muruga. This has been quite the trend in the last few year while this edition has more simplistic designs. The Kolam was symbolically put on the entrance of the homes to welcome the Hindu goddess of prosperity, Lakshmi and there has been some very eye-catching and interesting kolams being put up around malls in particular.
The Viva Home shopping Mall for instance had Kolams put up by students from several art colleges that include TARC (Tunku Abdul Rahman College), MIA (Malaysia Institute of Art), KBU International College and Saito College. Meanwhile, MidValley Megamall adopted the peacock motif placed at their Centre Court while 1Utama Shopping Centre also used the same motif but used a different medium which was paper, polyester and organza.
In another mega mall, the Berjaya Times Square acquired the services of Mohan Maruthamuthu, a kolam specialist to showcase his artwork while Suria KLCC’s kolam was made along the theme of ‘Colours of Diwali’ at its entrances.