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Importance of rangoli during festive season


When the festive days go on in full swing, the first thing that charms your guest is a vibrant rangoli at the entrance.

Though the classical types are replaced by the contemporary ones, this piece of art still remains creative and catchy.

The riot of colors begin during the festive season, be it your wardrobe, interior or even a Rangoli at your doorstep. There is vibrancy everywhere that would make you feel all pumped up and positive.

Diwali and the colorful rangolis go hand in hand. Go to any house and you will find a beautiful creation at the entrance that would win your heart. It is not a contemporary thing, but is practiced since long.

Traditional roots

Also termed as Alpona, Aripoma and Kolam, rangoli patterns and designs have been travelling from one generation to another. Breaking the word into two- ‘rang’ and ‘avali’, means row of colors. It is believed that these row of colors welcomes the goddess of wealth. The pattern and material used changes from region to region and also varies across the culture.

The mode and idea of making rangoli also changes from one place to another. You will see people making rangolis from rice powder, dry colors, flower petals, grains and pulses. Though, the reason behind creating rangolis remains the same with a few basic designs of Swastika and Lakshmi footprints.

To look at few of the region specific designs, in Bihar, people make the imprints of the goddess Lakshmi’s footprints at their doorsteps. Andhra people create an eight petals lotus pattern while in Tamil Nadu people draw an eight pointed star termed as Hridaya Kamal.

Contemporary styles and patterns

Change is one thing that remains constant. Earlier, people used to focus more on the significance of designs while today, aesthetics has become the center point. There is no one design that is to be mandatorily made on ‘Dhan Teras’ or ‘Kali Chaudas’; the one that soothes everyone’s eyes, as well as the interior and decor of house becomes preferable.

Earlier, natural colors were used to make rangoli which has been replaced by the dry artificial colors over the period. There were not many shades available before, but today you get to see almost all tints and shades. The new in thing this season is, the various forms of acrylic rangolis. You would simply need a two way tape to fix that up. It is very handy and also consumes very less time. People also experiment making rangolis in water. There are also rangoliexhibitions taking place around this time.

Devendra Fadnis, a renowned rangoli maker takes us back to the ancestral time. “Earlier, a coat of geru powder was first applied before creating a particular pattern. Today, people create it directly.Geru had a holy significance. The brick color is considered to be sacred. Creativity has taken over the tradition today. The conventional patterns are replaced by the still life designs.”

People have also started learning to make rangolis from the professionals. “Lot of people have started taking up this as their hobby. We get around a batch of 30 enthusiastic people before Diwali days. They are taught almost all the techniques that exist. The design option to be learnt is left to an individual. Usually, people nowadays prefer learning intricate miniature designs than the traditional ones. The human figurines and sceneries are also been taught,” says Gokul Bharadwaj, a rangoli trainer.

Keeping aside the modifications, rangolis still exist and are created. The trend would also continue forever like it does today.

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