Today was CL day 5; we were celebrating Indian heritage through Art, Drama and Dance. The group that I worked with today worked on a traditional Indian art form called Pookalam. The word Pookalam means flower Art. Pookalam is a type of art made during the Keralian festival of Onam. For each of the ten days in Onam there is a new Pookalam design.
In the morning we watched a video about the different types of designs we could make. Then we were separated into two groups, the girls and the boys. Each group planned the design we wanted to make and chose the colours we wanted to buy in the flower market.
After we were sure of what we wanted, we left for the flower market. First we went to a market which sold garlands, but we decided that those flowers would be too expensive and not within our budget of ₹1500 per group. Next we went to a wholesale flower market where we had a limited choice of colours, but more than enough flowers. In this market, the 2 groups handled their money separately as we bought what we thought was appropriate for our designs, while trying to stay within the budget.
After we came back to the school, we did a bit of reflection and then went outside the Odeum, where some of us started plucking petals while others drew the designs with chalk. When we were done picking petals, we started arranging the petals. Sometimes we had less of each type of flower, so we thinned out the layers. At first the arranging was hard, but later we found it easier and fun.
The end results of both the Pookalams turned out beautiful, and even though it may have been hard, in the end it was worth it.
After the Pookalam we learnt a traditional folk dance called Thiruvathira which is a dance done during Onam. We learnt a few steps and made a dance around our Pookalams. The dance was an interesting way to end our day.
Overall I think that everything we did today was really fun. We learn't the traditional way of celebrating Onam and making Pookalams. I think that Pookalam is an art form that should be preserved because not only is it fun to make, but it's also beautiful to look at. In the end, we got jasmine garlands and took pictures with our art work.