Rangoli designs and India

Rangoli is a form of art in India, which is usually drawn or made during festivals or auspicious occasions in front of the entrance doors or courtyards of the house. An art form or a tradition which is passed between generations. Rangoli is mostly made by women of the house. Rangoli drawing is popular in many parts of India, be it Rangoli in Karnataka, Kolam in Tamilnadu, Kalam in Kerala, Alpana in fc West Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Mandana in Rajasthan and it is gaining popularity in other parts also.

In the Rangoli making process, usually the outline of the design is made using a chalk and then different colours are used for the filling purposes. The colours used for filling are mostly dry rice powder, turmeric powder, coloured sand, etc. Sometimes even flowers and petals are used for filling up the design, such a Rangoli is known as a Floral Rangoli. The Rangoli designs consist of various patterns, they include geometric shapes, flowers, petals, leaves, birds and even pictures of Gods and Goddesses.

Nowadays, even ready-made Rangoli designs or stencils are available in the market. One just needs to make the outline of the design using the stencil without much effort and then fill it up using different colours. Rangoli making is very famous during festivals like Onam, Pongal, Ugadi and Diwali but it is also made during other auspicious days and functions.

I am a person, who is not so good in drawing and also I am not much interested in stuffs like Rangoli making. But life changes a lot after marriage, plus seeing my neighbour in Bangalore preparing Rangoli on every festival, always inspired me to try my hands for Rangoli drawing. So I bought myself a Rangoli stencil and different colours for Diwali. From the past few years, I am making Rangoli during Diwali, which is said to bring good luck and prosperity. I am a rookie in Rangoli making and year by year I am gaining practice. This is the pic of the Rangoli, which I made during last Diwali.

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Rangoli is like a divine art form to please the almighty and bring good luck and prosperity in the house, also it is deep rooted in our Indian culture. We should help in keeping this art form alive and should pass it on to our younger generation.

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