In Madison, WI: Alec Jankowski, age 18
In Singapore: Choy Zhi Yang and Jodie Ling
American Spokesperson: Auriana Gilliland-Lloyd , age 17
Arasan's full name: Mathi Arasan
Arasan's uncle: Thamizhmaaran
Two other boys: Mathi Aravin and Mathi Amaran
Arasan's grandmother: Valliamah
Thaipusam is a Hindu festival honoring the god Murugan. His traditional mount is a peacock. The Kalamkari tapestry behind American spokesperson Auriana Gilliland-Lloyd depicts the tree of life, below which poses Murugan's peacock.
Kalamkari is an ancient craft of painted and printed fabrics. It is hand painted as well as block printed with vegetable dyes. Techniques of craftsmanship in Kalamkari were handed down within the families from generation to generation. This piece was painted by a craftsman at Dakshinachitra in Muttukadu, Chinglepet District, Tamilnadu.
Thank you Rachel Weiss, Outreach Specialist for the Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison.