Rangoli, A Divine Art

Shreeja By Shreeja, 6th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Rangoli means ‘layers of colors’ – is a traditional folk art from India.Rangolis are usually drawn to decorate courtyards and walls of Indian houses. I also draw Rangoli with marigold and rose petals on Diwali festival and decorate it with earthen lamps.

Rangoli Art

Rangoli is the most popular and traditional art form of India. Rangoli comprise in geometrical figures like circles, rectangles or squares. various themes are then designed in this figure. Design of Rangoli usually taken from nature such as peacock, flowers, butterflies etc. Rangoli is called by different names but its essence remains the same throughout the India. In Maharashtra and Delhi it is called ' Rangoli'. it is known as 'Kolam' in south India and 'Alpana' in Bengal, 'Aripana' in Bihar, 'Madana' in Rajasthan and 'Chowkpurana' in Utter Pradesh.

Rangoli In Festivals

Rangoli is designed on various festivals and occasions in different parts of India. It has been a tradition in India, to draw Rangoli on festivals and other auspicious occasions, as it is considered a holy ritual and sign of a good luck. In Delhi, The main purpose of making rangoli at the doorstep, on Diwali, is to welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. Rangoli is designed with flowers or colored rice with earthen lamps which gives it a beautiful effect.
The original Tamil Kolam only consists of white dots around which the intertwined lines are drawn, whereas the North Indian "Rangoli" is made up of various colors.Early at sunrise, women and girls clean the ground in front of their houses with water in order to draw a Kolam (Rangoli) there.
Previously rice powder was used for this kind of art.Rice powder serves to feed ants to show one must take care of other forms of life. The dry, coarsely ground rice flour is placed between the thumb and the forefinger and rubbed together and moved along a predetermined design by the drawer.This is an art taught at a young age and is difficult to master unless one practices.

Different Types of Rangoli

Different types of Rangoli is used in India. Rangoli design is mostly depends on the material being used for the creation of Rangoli.
1.Traditionally, Rangoli is designed by the leaves, bark of trees etc.

2.But today, synthetic colors are also available in markets for Rangoli designs.

3.Saw dust is also used for the Rangoli designs.

4.Colored rice is also used as Rangoli ingredient with rice being colored using food colors.

5.Pulsed and cereals are also used for creation of Rangoli.

6.colored stones are also used as an ingredient for Rangoli designs where big Rangoli are desired.

7.The most diversified ingredient for Rangoli is flower petals.In flower Rangoli rose petals, jasmine, marigold with finally cut grass and leaves and it is a great combination of fragrance, freshness, art and divinity.

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Alpana, Aripana, Art, Divine, Earthen Lamps, Festival Rangoli, Flowers Rangoli, Kolam, Madana, Rangoli, Stones Rangoli

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author avatar 2bpositive
7th Sep 2011 (#)

Very informative and colorful. Great imagery. Thanks for the share!

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author avatar Shreeja
7th Sep 2011 (#)

My pleasure, whatever i can share from my knowledge i will share it to all of you. Thanks for liking :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Sep 2011 (#)

Very interesting. Beautiful pictures. Great read!

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author avatar Shreeja
8th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you for liking :)

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author avatar juny
7th Sep 2011 (#)

I will ask my Indian family friend to teach me how to make one..
Thanks for sharing :)

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author avatar juny
7th Sep 2011 (#)

I will ask my Indian family friend to teach me how to make one..
Thanks for sharing :)

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author avatar juny
7th Sep 2011 (#)

I will ask my Indian family friend to teach me how to make one..
Thanks for sharing :)

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author avatar Shreeja
8th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you so much oballesansano for liking this, definitely you'll make a beautiful Rangoli :)

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author avatar Buzz
8th Sep 2011 (#)

Liked it, too. Beautiful article, Shreeja.

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author avatar Shreeja
8th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks a lot..:)

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