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Mango Manthram: Food Art Gallery

Kondapalli Bomma Decorated with Mango Motifs ~ Illustration by Indira
Kondapalli Bomma in Mango Motif ~ for Mango Manthram
(Color Pencils on Paper)

For Food Art: Mango Manthram, I chose to illustrate mango through India’s rich textile heritage. Sarees, shawls and spreads adorned with vividly decorated mango motifs are a sight to behold, and they make a treasured collection. I tried to decorate the Andhraite’s ultimate toast to feminine beauty, my childhood favorite figurine “Kondapalli Bomma” in mango motif. I have limited talent in art, so be kind, people!

There are many ways for us to become a link in the chain of memory. Like cookery, art provides a way to explore and continue the traditions. I thank my blogger friends for enthusiastically participating in “Food Art: Mango Manthram” with such great imagination.

Here is mango manthram art collection. Click on the images to read the wonderful stories behind the art.

“Dear Mango, Do you Love me as much as I do thee
Do you look forward to summer, to be in your element or are you just sick and bored with all the hype
And what about all the competition, the Langda, the Himsagar, the Hapoos, running the rat race, do you really want to be there
Do you want to be the chosen one to be sent overseas or you would rather get your guts sucked out by the little boy on the dusty road
Do we even care what you think, no wonder you are sour at times but then your sunny soul takes over and you spread your warm yellow sweetness
But Mango, we really love thee.”

– from Sandeepa of Bong Mom’s Cookbook

ink, oil, pencil and watercolor:

Mango Curlicue by Rajalekshmy Usha Juicy Mangoes: Watercolor by Rajalekshmy Usha

Mango Ganapathi by Anjali Damerla of Supreme SpiceMango Maama from Siri of Siri's CornerMango Ballerina from Siri of Siri's Corner

Chotumotu Mango Bhayya from Siri of Siri's CornerMango Juggler from Siri of Siri's CornerMr. Mango Mermaid from Siri of Siri's Corner

Mango by Srimathi's 4-year old daughter Moodi and Masti ~ The Lovely Mango Couple from Roma of Roma's Space

Mango Delivery Man from Srivalli of Cooking for 4 Seasons Mango Basket in Watercolor by Miel of Food and Watercolor

gardenofhues - watercolor on paper by Sree of Sree's Canvas Mango Motif - Indian Ink on Paper by Sree of Sree's Canvas

henna (mehandi, gorintaaku):

Mango Mehendi from EC of Easy Crafts Mango Mehendi from Pooja of My Creative Ideas Mango Mehendi from Asankhana

Mango Mehendi from Shubha of Chutki Bhar Pyar Mango Mehendi from Shubha of Chutki Bhar Pyar

beads and stitch:

Jewelled Mango Art from Nirmala of Amma's Special Mango Bead Work from Uma of Essence of Andhra

Mango Embroidery from Bonita of Curry Campaign

Mango Kutch Work from Kamala Block Painting on White T Shirt from Asankhana

Mango Embroidery from Rathna of Asvadha


Mango Dream from Suman of Heaven's GardenMango Art from Jayashree of Spice and CurryGift Box Decorated with Mango Art from Asankhana

Mango Potholder from Priya of Live to Cook Mango Face from Sandeepa of Bong Mom's Cookbook

Mango Art with Mung Beans from DeebaMango Fruit Basket from Uma

Handmade invitation card from Veda of Kai Kriye Mango Motif on a Paper Plate from Lavi of Homecook's Recipes

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Amma & Authentic Andhra,Food Art,Mango (Saturday May 31, 2008 at 1:20 am- permalink)
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  1. Beautiful Indira.

    Comment by Happy Cook — May 31, 2008 @ 1:57 am

  2. Kondapalli Bomma chala cute ga undi Indira. nenu kooda konni sketches geesanu and mail kooda chesanu..meeku andindani anukuntunnau.


    Comment by Siri — May 31, 2008 @ 2:10 am

  3. Looks cute!

    Comment by Priya — May 31, 2008 @ 4:26 am

  4. That is lovely, Indira. I love the mango motifs…I’ve always liked them on my clothes.. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Comment by Trupti — May 31, 2008 @ 7:21 am

  5. the sketch is very nice. nice work. mee site ki regular visitor ni neenu.
    in this sketch the left hand is painted reverse asthe palm should face out.

    Comment by ramyaraj — May 31, 2008 @ 7:38 am

  6. nice sketch Indira.
    I visit your site often, and it is really nice to see the food and art together.

    Comment by madhavi — May 31, 2008 @ 10:04 am

  7. Hi Indira,

    Your sketch is very nice. I love the mango or ambi motifs on salwars, sarees etc. Waiting for all the entries for mango manthram. Have a nice weekend dear.

    Comment by Sapna — May 31, 2008 @ 10:19 am

  8. Beautiful design on the skirt, and beautiful sketch too.

    Comment by Madhu — May 31, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  9. Love the collection Indira. Its been lot of fun participating in Food Art! Mango was such a cool theme!


    Comment by Siri — May 31, 2008 @ 4:37 pm

  10. Gorgeous!!!! How fun it is to bring out that creativity inside! I love it all.

    Comment by Kay — May 31, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

  11. everything looks wonderful!..thanks for hosting this lovely event!

    Comment by Srivalli — May 31, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

  12. I am really honored to participate in this event. I love the works of all the bloggers/artists. Hope to see similar food-based art events in the future. This is truly a one-of-a-kind event.

    Comment by Rajalekshmy — May 31, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  13. Oh my goodness, what a mangoificent gallery!! This is a lovely idea you had, Indira! 🙂

    Comment by Linda — May 31, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  14. Thanks for hosting this lovely event Indira. It would be interesting to see other Art Forms when you have the next Food Art theme

    Comment by sandeepa — May 31, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

  15. Dear Indira

    wow….all the creations r excellent…..Its such a beautiful event that u hosted indira….I loved participating too…..will always look forward to seeing more such events….Amazing collection indeed!!!!


    Comment by Veda — May 31, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

  16. all the creations are a pleasure to see , a lovely event and equally lovely entries ..
    hugs and smiles

    Comment by Jaya — May 31, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

  17. All creations re excellent. U ve done a great artist work!

    Comment by Cham — May 31, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

  18. Gosh! Our foodies are so talented. Nice spread of mango art here.

    Comment by Roma — June 1, 2008 @ 3:51 am

  19. Really beautiful paintings, mehendi, needlework and decorations. Kudos to all.

    Comment by ms — June 1, 2008 @ 4:35 am

  20. wow! Thanks Indira for creating a feast for our eyes.

    Comment by jillumadrasi — June 1, 2008 @ 9:47 am

  21. Nice sketch Indira, We call this Thanjavur Bommai and it is made of clay.
    Good piece of art from all participants.

    Comment by Cilantro — June 1, 2008 @ 9:54 am

  22. Nice sketches. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by vani — June 1, 2008 @ 11:39 am

  23. Hi Indira,
    Thx for your reply! But looks like I am already late. My embroidered mango is taking way more time than I expected.

    Thx tons!

    Comment by bonziegal — June 1, 2008 @ 11:53 am

  24. Dear Indira,

    What an event! I loved the Kondapalli Bommaa picture you drew – the eyes are very expressive. Given that I have two left hands, I might never even attempted it. Bravo!

    On a different note, I made palak paneer this morning, following your recipe to the dot. I planned to send you a picture, but we licked the bowl clean !! What more can a cook ask for ? 🙂

    Indeed, you do a great job of turning the art of cooking, into a simple, usable, working set of instructions for successful delicious food.

    thank you and take care

    Comment by Anupama — June 1, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  25. that’s a wonderful display of art, Indira! kondapalli bomma chala highlight gaa vundi. chala baaga bommani vesaru! Kudos. Thanks for hosting such a grear event.

    Comment by Uma — June 1, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  26. Thanks for hosting this event. Nice collection.

    Comment by notyet100 — June 1, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

  27. Kondapalli bomma’s head moves to left and right when i keep gazing at her..such a lively picture..

    Thanks for the wishes indira..Hope you had a Great Week end!!

    Comment by lavi — June 1, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

  28. WoW…this is just a great collection of wonderful work of art. Mango is one fruit that really captures the imagination of everyone…this event is so vivid & lively…it indeed is a feast to our eyes….you have done it wonderfully well!

    Comment by Suman — June 1, 2008 @ 9:30 pm

  29. Wow Wow Wow! Wonderful roundup! And your pencil sketch is really cute! And when are you going to announce the next month’s theme ?

    Comment by Nirmala — June 1, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

  30. Thank you all for contributing such lovely art. I had great fun hosting this mango manthram event.

    Anupama: Glad to read that you tried and liked the recipe. Thankyou for your good words. Have a lovely week.

    Nirmala: Thanks for your interest. The next theme will be again during Vinayaka Chavathi-dasera-deepavali season, to celebrate the festival sweets/snacks and traditions. Mithai Manthram.:)

    Comment by Indira — June 2, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  31. Very nice Tanjore Boomai painting Indra. Thanks for your email.My daughter wants to hug you back for saying she has done a good job.:)

    Comment by — June 3, 2008 @ 9:11 am

  32. Dear Indira, That is such a beautiful chain of pearls about Mangoes…art, craft, writings…all to a truly deserving fruit which has satiated the taste buds of millions with its rasas, congratulations on the terrific post.

    Comment by pritya — June 4, 2008 @ 5:06 am

  33. Your sketch is very nice…

    Comment by Rama — June 5, 2008 @ 8:09 am

  34. Such a lovely round up 🙂 . you really bring out the hidden talent of all … kudos to you Indira. I loves each entry of this.
    Mango was really a nice choice.It’s a part of all kind of Indian arts , just as peacock 🙂 .

    Comment by Pooja — June 5, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  35. Thank you Indira for posting my entry even though it was late. Your sketch is as wonderful as your recipes are. Cute and gorgeous.:)

    Comment by Rathna — June 6, 2008 @ 10:36 am

  36. I have seen this motif a thousand times in Indian design and textiles and never knew it was a mango. DOH! Thank you for enlightening this ignorant American.

    Comment by Hilary — June 6, 2008 @ 11:22 pm

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