Usha Kunisetty got here up with a singular idea all through the hot Navaratri season: matching her kolams together with her garments
Color fills the place of dwelling of Mumbai-based Usha Kunisetty, particularly all through Navaratri season.
This yr, Usha’s photos created a flutter on social media and WhatsApp teams; for, her kolam designs all through the 9 days of the competition season precisely matched the sarees she wore. Such a lot so that you must now not inform them aside.
The speculation hit the 46-year-old in the future all through the preparation to the festive season. “In Bombay, there’s a convention of dressed in 9 colors for each and every of the 9 days of Navratri. I at all times do this. This yr, I used to be mulling about one thing else that may stand out, which is once I got here up with this idea: of matching my saree with the kolam.”
Usha was once satisfied in regards to the novelty in the idea that, however what she was once now not anticipating was once the reaction it has gained. “I shared it with a couple of pals, who in flip shared it on social media. I didn’t realise it going viral until I gained the footage myself, from any person in Dubai!”
Her reference to the artwork type of adorning the ground began when she was once a kid; again then, she would delight in ‘muku’, because the artwork was once referred to as again in her native land (Vijayawada) in Andhra Pradesh.
Usha’s early life reminiscences are of a time when she created artwork on dust floor. As soon as she relocated to Mumbai, her reference to the artform was once placed on pause.
A possibility discuss with to a workshop held by way of artist Hema Kannan re-ignited her love for kolams. “It was once most effective after that did I realise the individuality of an artform that I had in the beginning regarded as simply an on a regular basis ritual.” Since then, she has saved her connection intact and experiments with design, particularly all through gala’s.
She additionally tries her hand at particular designs for events comparable to Moms’ Day and Docs’ Day. “I like explaining the tales at the back of my designs to kids,” she says.
Elated with the reaction to her newest idea, Usha is making plans extra distinctive initiatives with the artwork shape.
In keeping with her, the most important finding out has been ‘endurance’. “Even a unmarried error implies that I’ve to begin in every single place once more. The method is meditative,” she says. Then provides, “Another artwork shape can also be preserved however I do know that alternatively grand a kolam I draw in the future, I’ll must erase it the following morning.”