PETALING JAYA: Three hundred participants from 40 countries took part in the competition to design ‘kolam’ at the International Kolam Festival in conjunction with the Deepavali celebration, at a shopping complex.

Datuk Maglin D'Cruz

‚ÄčThe programme was jointly launched by Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz and Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Dr James Dawos Mamit.

In his speech, Maglin said the festival was among the government initiatives aimed at promoting understanding on the culture of the Malaysian communities besides attracting tourists.

“In line with the current development, the art of designing ‘kolam’ which was previously practised only by the Indian community has now expanded with the involvement of the other communities,” he said.

The ‘kolam’ or ‘rangoli’ is a decorative art practised by the Indian community when celebrating an event or festival.

Usually, it is created by spreading coloured rice to form a certain design at the entrance of the home or building.