"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Art Of Kalam

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The current arts festival in Thrissur celebrates the vanishing art of Kalam, an ancient Kerala folk tradition associated with the cult of Kali.


During the day a floor painting is drawn, using pigments from ground rice, turmeric, charcoal and other natural products.

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But as darkness descends, the celebration takes on a more sinister form.

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4 responses

  1. ed

    i love that g gould clip

    July 31, 2010 at 2:49 am

    • I chose it with you in mind!

      July 31, 2010 at 8:18 pm

  2. Lucille

    Can you hear him humming?

    August 3, 2010 at 1:01 am

    • Glen Gould’s recordings are famous for their artistry, technical brilliance – and the sound of his “sing-along”!

      August 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

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