Runway Kolam

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  • 15 Oct 2021 - 31 Oct 2021
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Shine with radiance and a dazzling celebration with fantastic decorations, including the first ever 500-metre runway kolam featuring 100 designs, exciting shopping experience and wonderful rewards this Deepavali at Pavilion KL!

INTI Center Of Art And Design 

By Amni Hareez Bin Sarjanisham

By Cheh Chi Ching Mikyo

By Cheah Jie Xun (Jayden)

By Isabell Natallie Aaron

By Nur Allysa Binti Zubir

Inspired by the symbolism of lotus flower in Hinduism, the kolam encapsulates the essence of spiritual enlightenment, growth, purity, and birth.

By Lew Sin Yi (Andy)

Inspired by the growth of lotus from the inside out, the kolam utilises complementary colours to represent the opposite ends of good and evil.

By Kong Xuian Nyii (Kaylie)

Taking India's cultures and spiritual animals. Combined with the major themes, which is lotus flower. A bright hue was used to portray the Deepavali atmosphere.

By Ng Shu Hui

This butterfly piece shows patterned wings and a flower-like body. The colours of the butterfly wings are inspired by the sun, which is closely related to flames and its flaring design.

By Ng Shu Hui

A minimalist-inspired design embodied in vibrant ombre colors. This piece uses white to enhance the outlining of the different patterns that show how each shape is unique on its own, just like how every kolam design is unique, personalized by its creator and holds its own meaning.

By Ng Shu Hui

This piece shows a lotus blooming out from the water, symbolizing strength, purity, and enlightenment. The lotus is a symbol that has long been revered for its relation to the meaning of life as the goal of attaining greater potential, spiritually.

By Ng Shu Hui

This simple lotus design is an expression of the simplicity and depth of the meaning of kolam making. The arrangement of the lotus in layers carry the meaning of how kolam design and creation is carried from one generation to the next, usually from mother to daughter.

By Ng Shu Hui

This depiction shows an eight-petalled star-shaped flower with veined petals and fan-like inner petals that surround the middle of the flower. The colours are inspired by the sunset and the petals are coloured in indigo that represents the human third eye chakra which governs wisdom, intuition and clarity.

By Ng Shu Hui

This piece shows a lotus blooming out from the water, symbolizing strength, purity, and enlightenment. The lotus is a symbol that has long been revered for its relation to the meaning of life as the goal of attaining greater potential, spiritually.

By Liew Lee Shan

The kolam design shows traditional Indian styles using common colours usually seen in Indian clothes and drawings. The flowers represent a new beginning.

By Nurul Amanina

Inspired by the Deepavali celebration, it delivers “ victory of light over darkness”. The motives are based on flowers and sun that act as protections to symbolize the positive connection of families and friends during the season.

By Wan Norazreen

The Lotus symbolizes purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. The peacock’s feathers are symbolic of re-growth and honour, beauty, love. The use of vibrant hues representing the beauty of multicultural in Malaysia.

By Turmaloshni Asokan

By Thines Raj

By Kimber Leong Shue Kei

By Kashmeerahh Navinan (Ganesha)

Raffles College

By Chai Wan Li

The small white hearts in the middle represent pure love. The sunflower represents bravery, self-improvement and optimism.

Outside the petals of the sunflower is a six-pointed star. Also touted to be the “Shield of King David”, the star uses a tough shell to protect pure love so that it will not be polluted by the world while keeping you brave and optimistic.

Yellow love expresses the beauty and joy of life, and green love represents thinking and reconciliation. As green envelopes the yellow part, it signifies a peace-making process without quarrels and wars in the world.

Green also represents hope, security and peace as people live in a safe place full of hope and peace. Purple represents dignity and nobility and implies maintenance of dignity as human beings at all times and never bow to any evil forces.

By Elaine Chong Yi Lin

Fondly known as the “Bonding Heart”, the kolam evokes the sense of connecting with each other in multi-racial Malaysia with a sincere heart filled with joy, happiness and blessing.

By Janice Chan Mun Mun

Peacock is an important symbol for Hinduism which symbolises signs of good luck and prosperity. This kolam is designed to resemble the majesty of a peacock with brightly coloured flowers. Diyas (oil lamps) are also used to represent enlightenment, knowledge and wisdom in the Indian culture.

By Lynette Lim Man Yee

The kolam design is all about contrast of colours, just like human, kind and evil, rich and wealth, strong and weak and etc. A kolam is meant to welcome the Hindu Goddness of Prosperity. Therefore, this design strives to reflect our personality as a human, recognising our bright and dark sides, while asking for the blessings from the God.

By Lynette Lim Man Yee


Life is hard, but it's beautiful. It may be difficult for people to be rich and healthy, but it is easy to be happy.

A tiny thing can make a person happy. Happy is simple when we make it simple, by not overthinking and overlooking it.

This philosophy inspired me to come out of this kolam design with 4 simple colours, which are red, yellow, green, and blue. The basics colours are common to see, yet not complicated.

If you're happy, you know it.

By Meshabbel Yohanes A/P Stevenraj

The dark green and pink florals as well as the peacocks symbolise an exotic nature of flora and fauna that are commonly used in the Indian Kolam. The oil lamp with its bright colours and centre placement serves to highlight the essence of Deepavali which is the defeat of darkness and the celebration of light.

By Meshabbel Yohanes A/P Stevenraj

In this design I wanted to go for a more simple design that tells us a simple story of what goes on during the Deepavali celebration. In the center there is a human figure that's happily dancing with her grand clothe which is surrounded by a huge Murukku. In my opinion, Murukku is a mandatory snack for Deepavali and it is not only a favorite among the Indians but also favoured by the Malays and Chinese. Deepavali is not complete without this traditional snack, which is usually made by the ladies together with their children few days prior to the celebration. Lastly, the candles around the first design symbolises goodness and purity. and. Lighting them denotes dispelling darkness and going into light. And since Deepavali is celebrated on a new moon day; a time of darkness everywhere, lighting these lamps is a mean of getting rid of darkness. The combination of these designs are designed to look like a kolam. As for the colours I have chosen a simple color palette that are contrasting between one another to create a lively ambience which denotes happiness

By Nur Hayati Binti Yusuf

Intertwine - As the Deepavali festival begins, this symbolizes lights being connected, hence intertwine where it bring people together in harmony. The popping tones expressing brightness and excitement. Visuals symbolize being part of the nature/culture of this lovely celebration. Even in this humble design, I believe art speaks louder than words and this is one of them and relying on it to spread the message of this wonderful festival.

By Nur Hayati Binti Yusuf

Shades of Light - In the beauty of the cultural festival, lotus symbolises purity, enlightenment and even self-regeneration. Even when its roots are in the dirtiest water, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower. In mixing slight monochrome background and contrast colour, it fits right in the moment of Deepavali.

By Nur Hayati Binti Yusuf

Illusion of Lights - you would notice a black dot in the middle, which means in every light, there is shadow. This design is based on the concept of light itself; where light is surrounded by shadows. My depiction of light from the burner oil lamps and as detail as it can showcase the longing for hope and aspirations of people.

By Nur Hayati Binti Yusuf

From Afar - In a distance far away, this design is expressing the harmony of the togetherness of the festivals of light; Deepavali. The scattered whites for its light effects, the connected boxes for its people, the colourful tones for its bright and striking elements, and the overall design to be shaped like a lotus flower. So, from afar, we can tell that the unity this festival holds is a lot more than just what is in the moment.

By Nur Hayati Binti Yusuf

Circle of Life - As sacred as the majestic Mayura, with strong expression of the feathers of Garuda. This concept expresses the cycle of time; the circle strokes of endless time the emphasis on nature; every shape of leaves vines expressing neutrality, architecture; arches inherits from the history and memories of the culture and life itself; the ability of life to prolong cultures and beliefs.

By Reema Arif Hamza

The concept behind my kolam design is a “lotus flower paddy”. As a third-culture kid I grew up outside of India, my motherland. Struggling to come to terms with my cultural identity, I wanted to explore deeper into my native culture.
The memories of my grandmother’s house came to my mind, just nearby was a beautiful paddy field with lotus flowers. In my kolam, I wanted to depict a beautiful lotus flower paddy as a symbolic tribute to my home.
I think people of all races and religions can appreciate the beauty of kolam and the deep cultural significance it carries.

By Wynn Chen Suet Ni

A kolam is meant to welcome Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Prosperity, into one’s home.

This decorative rice motif is usually drawn in the front of the house, attracting good luck and putting a smile on the faces of visitors who come for Deepavali festivities in the home.
In my design of the kolam, I have chosen a peacock, the national bird of India to be my main idea of design. A peacock is an important symbol in Hinduism that symbolizes auspicious and prosperity, which is why it is often used in decorative images and ornaments. Therefore, the use of peacock in my kolam fits the traditional aim of producing kolam, which is to welcome the Goddess of Prosperity, as mentioned in the first paragraph. I have included colourful feathers as signs of auspicious and prosperity and also designed the tail to resemble paddy rice, which relates to the main ingredient of producing kolam: rice grains (another symbol of prosperity).
Besides the element of peacock, I also included lotus flower as an element in my kolam design. It is the most significant religious symbols in Hinduism as it symbolises eternity, enlightenment, purity, divine beauty and good fortune. Most of the Hindu deities are depicted as sitting on lotus flower or holding it in hands. Moreover, Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and fortune, is usually depicted with a lotus flower. Owing to these reasons, I have decided to add lotus flower patterns in the kolam design to enrich the content through religious elements.