Kolam and Lighting Ceremony
Staff and Students Put Together Beautiful Kolam for Deepavali
An intricate kolam, featuring the proud peacock, is currently on display at the entrance of Block D. Meticulously put together by the KSRAMC (Kelab Sukan dan Rekreasi Academic Medical Centre), with help from PU students, the kolam was drawn using brightly coloured rice that were dyed from scratch.
Tan Sri Datuk Dr. Mohan Swami, Pro-Chancellor of Perdana University, followed by staff and students, lit up the diya lamps that surrounded the kolam on Friday. Part of the Deepavali ritual, the lighting signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Deepavali is celebrated on 6th November this year.
The elegant ‘kolam’ is a form of traditional Hindu art, practised since the olden times and is usually drawn at the front entrance of homes to symbolise auspiciousness. They are bright decorative designs made at the entrance of a home and can be made from a variety of materials including rice flour, coloured rice, coloured sand or even flower petals. The reason why rice or rice flour is used to draw ‘kolam’ is to feed small insects like ants and birds as a gesture of charity. During Deepavali, it is made as a visual form of prayer to the Goddess Letchumi to welcome her into the home and ask her for blessings.
The images depicted in the Kolam can be anything from abstract geometrical shapes to landscapes. They can also be depictions of flora and fauna. Some common symbols and images used in the Kolam are the lotus flower and its’ leaves, the mango fruit, fish, and different kinds of birds like parrots, swans and peacocks. Kolams can also feature human figures and foliage.
Happy Deepavali from Perdana University! May the light of prosperity and happiness shine on our paths as we step into 2019.