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Rangoli Designs

Updated on October 6, 2009

Rangoli is one of the most popular and traditional art forms in India. It is a form of sandpainting decoration that uses finely ground white powder and colours. Rangoli can be a wall art as well as a floor art. The designs or patterns of Rangoli are usually taken from nature such as peacock, swans, flowers, etc. Rangoli holds a special place in the Indian cultures and often treated as the painting for the God. Traditionally, colors of Rangoli were derived from natural dyes but now a days, synthetic dyes are used in range of bright colors. Rangoli can also be made from cereals, pulses or a more extensively used material and a specially recognized form is that of floral Rangoli's.

Rangoli is called by various names in different parts of India but the overall essence of Rangoli remains the same throughout India with Rangoli occupying the space of a divine colorful garden amongst the colorful Indian people. Rangoli is called Alpana in Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Madana in Rajasthan, Rangoli in Gujrat, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Chowkpurana in Uttar Pradesh, Kolam in Kerala and Tamil Nadu and Muggu in Andhra Pradesh. Rangoli truly marks the essence of unity in diversity of India.

Rangoli Theme

Rangoli is usually designed across a certain theme, though the basic approach remains the same. The designs are Geometric and Proportioned. These themes keep changing according to occasions and festivals. Common Rangoli themes are celestial symbols like rising sun, moon, stars, zodiac signs, holy symbols like Om, Mangal Kalash, Swastika, a lighted Deepak, Shree, Lotus etc. Such themes are most popular during the Wedding or other special occasions. Other themes include flowers, butterflies and other creepers, religious themes like figures of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Saraswati or Goddess Lakshmi. Festival themes include diyas or lamps on Diwali or Santa on Christmas. Also, contemporary themes include various artistic designs according to the artistic, intuitive or innovative taste of the Rangoli designer.

Materials used for Rangoli

Rangoli Designs also depend a lot on the material being used for the creation of the Rangoli. Traditionally, colors were derived from the bark of trees, leaves, indigo etc. But today, synthetic Rangoli colors are readily available.Also marble dust is used as color sometimes. Sawdust is another ingredient used for drawing of Rangolis. Colored rice is also used as Rangoli ingredient with rice being colored using food colors. Other pulses and cereals are also used as a Rangoli ingredient. Colored stones are also used for creation of Rangolis when big Rangolis are desired which should remain intact for a long duration. The most diversified ingredient used for Rangoli creation is flower petals. Significantly used flower petals include Rose petals, Jasmine, marigold with finally cut grass and leaves. Floral Rangolis form a great combination of freshness, fragrance, art and divinity.

Rangoli Design

Most of the Rangoli designs comprise of symmetrical geometrical figures likes circles, rectangles and squares. Various themes are then incorporated within these figures. A lot of Rangoli designs and templates are available online but it usually is a work of your own imagination and innovation. There are no strict rules for drawing a Rangoli. You just have to be creative.

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Rangoli Templates

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Drawing a Rangoli

Once you have chosen the design of your Rangoli and the area where you want to draw a Rangoli, first decide and mark the center point of the Rangoli. Then first mark the outlines of the Rangoli. Then decide on the color scheme. The most challenging part though is filling in the colors. It may seem easy but actually it is quite difficult. Pick up some powder with your thumb and index finger and fill in the design by rubbing the two fingers together and sprinkling the powder on the floor. It is advisable to start from the inner part. It is difficult though as the powder just keep on slipping through your hand. But a little practice can make you perfect.

Alpana

Another very interesting form of Rangoli is Water Rangoli, also called Alpana. It could be either under water or on the surface of water.Such Rangolis give a very nice 3D effect and really add glitter to your Rangoli. For this, water must be stagnant.

Alpana Designs

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Rangoli has gained in the reputation of a respectable art form as it requires a lot of creativity and innovation to come up with really good and new designs. Many competitions are also organized around the world in which people show their skill in this traditional creative colorful art. It gives a soothing freshness and divine essence. The colors of Rangoli marks the colors of life and are meant to keep the brightness in life.

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      Mylindaminka 4 years ago

      Использование правильных средств ухода за кожей тела и лица. Только полноценный уход за кожей и волосами способен обеспечить их здоровый вид и хорошее состояние. Следует использовать те средства, которые подходят вашему возрасту и типу кожи (волос). Не стоит отказываться и от народных «бабушкиных» средств: несмотря на достижения современной косметологии, они не изжили себя. Ведь что может быть полезней натуральных компонентов, входящих в состав этих чудо-средств. Если есть возможность, хотя бы изредка посещайте салоны красоты, сеансы массажа, спа-процедур.

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      no super but thanxx for shock 4 years ago

      no super but thanxx for shock

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      Futamarka 4 years ago

      И, не помня себя от горя, сказала Лора: — Да, я согласна. Шевельнул плечами старый бог Рейна, поднялась огромная волна, подхватила Лору и, не обрызгав платья, не намочив её башмаков, подняла на самую вершину неприступной скалы. Схлынула волна. Погрузился в омут старый бог Рейна. А под скалой запенился, забурлил гибельный водоворот. По всей стране прошёл слух: злой волшебницей стала дочь рыбака Лора. На закате, убранная речными жемчугами, появляется она высоко-высоко на скале и чешет золотым гребнем свои золотые волосы. Пламенем горят они в лучах заката.

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      FurgertNetsit 4 years ago

      When i utilized to obtain on top of existence but recently We've piled up some sort of level of resistance.

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      FurgertNetsit 4 years ago

      My partner and i used to acquire high on living yet these days I've truly piled up some sort of resistance.

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      shruthi 4 years ago

      i like this very much.......

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      mouni 4 years ago

      nice and so good

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      shalu 4 years ago

      nice................

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      Ramu.k 5 years ago

      super.

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      Ramu.k 5 years ago

      super.

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      tanish 5 years ago

      thanku

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      guna 5 years ago

      its very nice i loved it so much plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz send me more more pics plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...,.

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      guna 5 years ago

      its very nice pics plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz send me more pics.

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      asharani bhore 5 years ago

      these designs are sooooooooo..... beautiful. please send some designs made in/on water.plzz................

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      rose 5 years ago

      all are ok design

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      monika 5 years ago

      nice...

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      436558 5 years ago

      so bad!.......very very very very very bad!....

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      nivedha 5 years ago

      not so good bt nice

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      uma 5 years ago

      think innovatively guys and i wish next time i get a beter rangoli from this site

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      Puju.56@gmail.com 5 years ago

      Puju.56@gmail.com

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      sunitkalbhor 5 years ago

      thank................

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      lavanya lalan 5 years ago

      i wish all of u a vry vry happy diwali.

      hope u all will enjoy this diwali....................

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      barbie 5 years ago

      a very nice rangoli designs.i loved it.

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      megha 5 years ago

      designs are very beautiful and i adore them very much thanks for sending these beautiful designs please send more designs..........

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      sakshi 5 years ago

      beautiful. gud collection

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      ashutosh 5 years ago

      designs are not so good please try something new :)

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      girija 5 years ago

      desings are amazing nd lovely....

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      chinky 5 years ago

      all d designs r adorable n i liked allllllllll of dem................!

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      lalitha 5 years ago

      I like this designs please send some more designs

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      sahil 5 years ago

      please send some more images on theme based rangoli i need it for my competition tomorrow otherwise these were nice thankyou very much

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      khushi 5 years ago

      i simply wanted designs not a brief discription about what is rangoli and all

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      rangoli club .sree saraswathi tyagaraja college.Pollachi 5 years ago

      very nice and it provided many tips in colouring.a BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG THANKS

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      rashmi 5 years ago

      plzzzzzzzzzz send me ganesh ragoli design urgentlyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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      rashmi 5 years ago

      plzzzzzzzzzz send me ganesh ragoli design urgentlyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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      kaavya 6 years ago

      why are all are putting kolams in the home. first i doesent no kolam at all . my mother teached me . bye byefor all.

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      darpika 6 years ago

      rangoli are very very pritty

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      krishika 6 years ago

      These rangoli designs are really nice

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      jaskiran 6 years ago

      nice art...........

      i like this very much

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      s.d 6 years ago

      i like all designs and i will definitely try these arts.

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      Priya 6 years ago

      these degins are very nice

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      vanika 6 years ago

      very nice

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      lakshmi 6 years ago

      now i have got agood idea to draw a rangoli for my competition.thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      roseflower 7 years ago

      hi this is roseflower...Your rangoli design is very beautiful….being an art lover it spurs me to introduce a rangoli category on my site..http://www.kolamdesigns.com

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      allen 7 years ago

      thanhs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Mehndi Designs 7 years ago

      Your rangoli design is very beautiful….being an art lover it spurs me to introduce a rangoli category on my site; intuitionlight.com……..thanks

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      Sarah m Marie 7 years ago

      The colors are very vivid.