For this year’s Wake Up Festival, Sounds True invited Ekabhumi to participate as their Minister of “Ah Ha!”. Among his duties: spreading joy with chalk drawings based on delightful traditional South Indian patterns and constructing an outdoor Durga yantra from all-natural materials. Take a look!
I'd never heard of Estes Park before the festival, but now I will never forget. What a lovely location!
The chalk drawings were based on traditional South Indian patterns. Such patterns are known by many names (such as Rangoli and Ratnam) and made all across India by women to bless their homes. Usually they are made of rice flower, but colored pigments, flowers, and grains are also used. I improvised a little by using sidewalk chalk. This is one of my favorite chalk drawings, done late at night in front of Dick Hall.
I've smoothed the surface using sand, and created a grid using nails and string. At first, I was annoyed that the staff of the YMCA gave me such a remote location, far from any buildings. As the week progressed, however, I cam to love the quiet, the animals, the ring of mountains, and the wide sky.
The string helped me to keep everything in alignment. I used a compass to align the construction with the auspicious Eastern direction.
The yantra took several days to construct. While I was away, visitors began adding their own embellishments, like the white rocks between the red petals. In most cases, I improvised to include them as I worked.
There we go, a yantra constructed entirely of natural materials. As word got out among the attendees, more people began to visit the yantra, and visit regularly! It grew quickly.