Traditional Indian Art, Colourful Indian Rangoli : How to Draw Rangolis and it's Significance!
What is a RANGOLI?
Rangolis are colorful, decorative designs, drawn on the floor. It is part of the Indian culture and tradition. Rangolis are made on festivals, especially Diwali. It is also made during weddings. Rangolis can be made with colored sand, flowers, rice flour, turmeric and other things varying according to different parts of India.
Colorful Rangolis : A cultural tradition of India!
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- India is a country, which loves colors--Vibrant and full of life.
- India is a multilingual and multicultural country, but one thing is common---its Spirit and enthusiasm.
- The enthusiasm to celebrate every small pleasure, with folk songs, dances and festivals. There might be variation, depending upon the terrain and the availability of resources.
- RANGOLI is a traditional art of India and is made on the floor of homes or courtyards.
- Basically these are bright colored patterns and designs, which can be made with colored wheat flour, colored rice, rice powder, turmeric powder, vermillon, fresh flowers or flower petals. But nowadays even chemical colors are used to make RANGOLI designs.
- It is a skill, which is passed on from one generation to the other.
- You can see small RANGOLIS and very big ones too. The big ones are generally made with lot of people participating in the drawing of RANGOLIS.
The purpose of making RANGOLIS
- The main purpose of making Rangolis is to bring Good Luck and Prosperity, to the members of the family.
- This is the reason, why in many homes, the RANGOLIS are made early morning, before leaving home for job or any other work, which you want to be successfully completed.
- The RANGOLI of course has cultural and religious significance attached to it as well. Before starting daily prayers, RANGOLIS are made to welcome the Gods and get their blessings.
- It is generally made by the lady of the house or young girls and this is considered auspicious.
- In many homes, especially in Southern India, Rangolis are made everyday and not just on special occasions.
- Marriage ceremonies, special occasions and festivals like DEEPAVALI cannot be complete without colorful RANGOLIS.
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How to make RANGOLIS with Rice powder, Coloured powder, Turmeric, Flowers !
## 1. RANGOLIS Made With Turmeric Powder Or Vermilion:
For festivals, weddings and religious purposes, turmeric or 'haldi' powder and vermilion or sindoor is used to make Rangolis.
Simple designs or religious symbols, such as the 'Swastika', the 'Fish', the 'Sun', the 'Moon', the 'Stars', the 'Lotus', the 'Om'symbol etc. are made, either on the floors or on the walls.
When a wedding is to take place, or a child is born, and even to welcome the new bride or bridegroom, these auspicious RANGOLIS are drawn.
## 2. Rice Powder RANGOLIS:
These RANGOLIS need a little bit of preparation.
Soak half cup of rice in water. After the rice has absorbed the water, drain the water and let it dry for some time. You can even dry it on a tissue paper, if you do not want to wait.
Grind the rice with the help of a food processor and your RANGOLI powder is ready.
You can mix some water, if you want to make a wet rice powder RANGOLI or dry as per your choice.
Make beautiful designs with the help of the rice powder.
## 3. FLOWER RANGOLIS:
This kind of RANGOLI, as the name suggests is made with flowers.
You may choose different contrasting colours to make a beautiful RANGOLI---Bright yellows, reds, white purple, in flowers such as Marigold, Rose, Jasmine, look great.
After making the RANGOLIS on the surface of a cup of water in a flat plate, you must keep sprinkling water as required to keep the flowers fresh and the RANGOLI beautiful. Just as you would do with a flower bouquet in a flower vase.
## 4. Coloured Powder Rangoli:
This is the most common one and does not require much preparation. You can get the sand colours at the market and there are lot of colours to choose from.
Just draw a design of your choice and fill in the colours.
Basically RANGOLI designs are geometrical patterns. But you do not need your geometrical tools to draw it.
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Have you ever tried drawing RANGOLIS?
How to draw RANGOLIS on the floor!
- Making Rangoli designs is very easy. Initially you may find it difficult to draw a design. But those who know a little bit of drawing can do it.
- The basic trick is that, you just have to draw several dots symmetrically and then join them in beautiful shapes of your choice.
- Finally fill in the colours carefully, so that there is no overlapping and there is clear demarcation among different colours.
- It is matter of practice to perfection.
- To start with, one can make small designs, before trying the big ones.
- There is no limit to the imagination. People make incredible designs and drawing and filling of colours is just fun, as the whole joy is of getting together with family and friends.
- After all that is the purpose of festivals---to bring happiness and harmony!
The colourful RANGOLIS truly represent the culture and diversity of India, They brighten up the lives of people.
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5th July, 2013
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Flower Rangoli, source: You tube
Colored powder Rangoli, source: You tube
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