Pookalam – A Photo Feature

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Pookalam, a colourful and intricate arrangement of petals and leaves laid on the floor, is a ritual that is part of the celebrations associated with the festival of Onam in Kerala, India. The word ‘Pookalam’ is comprised of two Malayalam words – ‘Poo’ which means flower and ‘kalam’ which means drawing or artwork.

I had the unique opportunity to see these intricate and elaborate designs being created. From transposing the design drawing from paper to the ground where the pookalam will take shape to transforming a heap of myriad coloured petals and leaves into a colourful feast for the eyes, the process is laborious for those involved and awe – inspiring for the spectator. Spatial awareness, a steady and artistic hand and a keen sense of colour are all necessary attributes for those involved in creating a pookalam. Pookalam competitions are also held where teams showcase their creativity and designs can get really complex!!

Showcased here are three images of what these floral pieces of art look like when created:


To see images of these and similar masterpieces taking shape, kindly click the link below:


Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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