The Kolam, and thoughts on community arts practice in India

One of the most exciting parts of the Pongal season is the display of colorful kolams drawn in rice flower outside homes. Kolams - also known as rangolis - are a tradition of welcoming good fortune at the beginning of each day. Drawing them is one of the first tasks a woman does in the …

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Learning to Live in a Joint-Family System

Living with my in-laws during this Pongal trip has meant experiencing the joint-family system first-hand. It is a way of life that is so foreign to the individualistic, capitalistic society of the United States, and though I can appreciate the values of communal living and tend to disavow individualized capitalism in principle, the practice of …

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