Rangoli – Colors of Culture

taiwan culture
by gaspar

We demolished and reconstructed our 150 years old mansion for a secured living at our native place. On the occasion of the inauguration ceremony, we had decorated our house to welcome our guests. Rangoli played an inevitable part of the decoration.

This particular style of drawing Rangoli is called as “Sanskar Bharati Rangoli”. Sanskar Bharati Rangoli is a new style of drawing Rangoli, which emerged in Maharashtra in the recent times. In this form of Rangoli, colored powder is spread like a carpet as a base, on which the Rangoli is drawn, using one’s five fingers; or sometimes a fist full of Rangoli powder. Wide ranges of nets are also used for spreading colors in this style of Rangoli. In the traditional Rangoli drawing, Rangoli powder is held in a pinch and shapes, lines are drawn on the floor.

Rangoli is a promising art of Indian culture. It’s a treasured cultural heritage of India. It’s an art of decorating courtyards and prayer halls for religious festivals. Rangoli is a pattern, which is based on geometrical shapes and designs. It is a form of sandpainting decoration that uses finely ground white powder and colors. It is a way of expressing one’s art, and at the same time it enlightens the mood of the festivals or functions. The term Rangoli or Rangavali is derived from words rang (color) and aavali (row of colors)! Earlier, drawing Rangoli was mainly confined to women and girls of the house. Nowadays even men are taking keen interest in drawing Rangoli, and sometimes it is seen that they perform better than women 🙂

A local artist drew this Sanskar Bharati Rangoli. It took him only 25 to 30 minutes to draw this Rangoli. Rangoli must have survived through the ages because of its universal appeal, which exceeds social barriers, and also in the art form it can be adjusted easily to the changing times. It is this flexibility which makes it a fine blend of traditional and modern art.

These colors of culture take different forms and names in different states of India. For instance, in Tamilnadu, Kolam is a form of sandpainting that is drawn using Rice-powder. In Kerala, Pookalam is an art of carpeting flowers on the floor.

Artical source: http://www.abhijitsplanet.com/pratibimb/index.php?showimage=112