How two girls turned their homemaker mum into a kolam star on social media

Mangalam Srinivasan's Facebook page My Mom’s Art Gallery showcases her kolam designs and has gained her a fan following across the world.


She's winning hearts with her kolam, the traditional South Indian art of drawing rangoli. Mangalam Srinivasan, 51, is an online star these days with her Facebook page that showcases her kolam designs made of chalk powder/chalk/rice flour/rock powder during festivals and at auspicious occasions.

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My Mom's Art Gallery


In this digital age, it is possible for talent to receive due recognition by using social media platforms appropriately. Two sisters have done just that by creating a Facebook page for their mother’s beautiful artworks.

Art work by Mangalam Srinivasan from My Mom’s Art Gallery.

An accidental discovery of a kolam video done by a featured artist-mum led to the Facebook page, My Mom’s Art Gallery. Two daughters who knew their mum’s work was exceptional began this page for fun, and now it is getting the artist much-required appreciation.



The artist also believes in literally being obsessed over drawing these beautiful designs, which make one wonder where she was all these years. Thanks to technology, and an extremely supportive husband and children, Mangalam Srinivasan is finally getting the attention she deserves. Yet a few dreams are unfulfilled, which her children hope will happen at the earliest.


The artist also believes in literally being obsessed over drawing these beautiful designs, which make one wonder where she was all these years. Thanks to technology, and an extremely supportive husband and children, Mangalam Srinivasan is finally getting the attention she deserves. Yet a few dreams are unfulfilled, which her children hope will happen at the earliest.

Eventually, their wish came true


Bhargavi says, “We started this, but our whole family has helped this happen. People all over the world recognise our mother’s talent now. We wish her lots of more success.” Mangalam takes anywhere from 1-12 hours to work on a design, and sometimes even more. She mostly creates her works for various occasions. “Many nights, my father would see her painting, or Kolam, or whatever she had planned for that day,” Bhargavi remembers.

Today, Mangalam has fans all over the world. She has never travelled overseas, but people recognise her work in Malaysia, USA, and Dubai, and her daughters are proud that people know them as “daughters of Mangalam Srinivasan”.

Mangalam’s mother, Smt. Saroja Krishnamoorthy, used to make traditional kolams, and Mangalam learnt this art from her initially. She gets fully involved and enjoys every moment of her time working on these kolams.


Mangalam’s children have married, and live with her. She has a grandson and a granddaughter, and does her artwork after completing her routine chores, like cooking and upkeep of the house.


Mangalam did her Bachelors, married at the age of 20, and lives in Trichy. Her husband works as the General Manager in a public-sector organization.

Mangalam Srinivasan with daughters and other family members.

It also keeps her fit, and her daughters believe it makes her forget minor age-related physical ailments.


Bhargavi wraps up her inspiring story, saying, “Her mom is her only inspiration in this. Her lifelong dream is to get at least one award and/or recognition from the government.” Hopefully, in time, this wish will come true for Mangalam Srinivasan.


This article was originally posted on Mums & Stories.

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