Thaipusam: Passion for making kavadi

Thaipusam: Passion for making kavadi
Act of devotion: Rajasingham putting the finishing touches to the decorative piece of Lord Muruga for the temple in Jalan Sungai.

GEORGE TOWN - Events planner Y. Rajasingham made his first kavadi when he was just 15.

Ten years on, he has managed to make and decorate more than 100 kavadi, using plywood and polystyrene.

"I found out that the art of making kavadi can only be perfected over the years if your heart and soul is in it.

"I made my first kavadi after observing my uncle who was in the trade," he said when met at his workshop at Jalan Air Putih in Air Itam here recently.

The former St Xavier's Institution student was seen putting the final touches to three decorative pieces for thaneer panthal (refreshment stalls), which will be set up during Thaipusam on Feb 3.

"The decorative pieces measure between 6m and 12m and each takes about 20 days to complete," he said.

Rajasingham added that he charges rental of between RM3,650 and RM3,800 for the decorative pieces, which includes installation, dismantling and decorative lights.

For the kavadi, he charges between RM500 and RM5,000 depending on the size and the decorations that go with it.

Rajasingham said during Thaipusam, he concentrates on making kavadi and decorative boards.

"My events planning takes a back seat during this time but luckily, I have a few friends who help me out and we share the earnings," he said.

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