Kuladevy Elangovan holds an M.Phil in English and teaches English at the Amrita University in Coimbatore. She is enthusiastic about Tamil language and culture, as well as in expanding her kolam skills. In her mother’s house in Chennai she preferred to draw kolams during festive occasions when more time and elaborations are offered. Today, during her married life, she has taken over the kolam making from her mother in-law and creates them daily. During the urban leg of Anna Laine’s research in Tamil Nadu, Kuladevy performed a key role as lead assistant and translator. She has continued to facilitate Anna’s work in India as well as long distance with translations ranging from inscriptions on objects in museum archives, to recordings from fieldwork.