We are fascinated by the colours, patterns, designs, symmetry and geometry in nature. The beautiful flowers, the symmetry in the arrangement of leaves, stripes and spots on animals, colourful birds are some examples. We naturally try to imitate nature in our own humble ways. All countries, cultures have their customs, traditions and hobbies that bring out colourful designs and patterns. They all have contributed to a wonderful collage of designs. All countries big and small, cultures past and present by their contribution to this beautiful collage of arts have made our world a more beautiful place to live in. One of the elements of this collage is Rangoli or kolam in Tamil, also called Rangavalli or Muggulu in Telugu , alpona... This art has different names in various states of India. However the beauty remains the same ( a rose by another name smells as sweet , doesn't it ).
Rangoli is called kolam in Tamil , muggulu in Telugu. The tradition of drawing kolam at the entrance is commonly practised in many homes in India. Rangoli is also drawn daily in the Puja room and for the Tulsi plant. The common Puja room rangoli are Aishwarya Patra rangoli , Hridaya kamala kolam and hase ( a type of padi kolam ). They are also drawn for the Tulsi maadam or plant. For the Puja room , festivals and Fridays the kolam is decorated with a kaavi border . Simple rangoli designs are drawn for daily kolam and for functions we have the padi kolam and for festivals the kolam is filled with colours.
My mother, I and kolam
I am from Omalur near Salem in Tamil Nadu. I learnt rangoli art or kolam as I call it, from my mother. For her it was muggulu ( She lived in Vizianagaram near Vishakapattinam ). Sankranti was the most important festival for her to draw Sankranti muggulu. Sankranthi was Pedha Pandaga, for her when she drew big rangoli with dots. For other festivals and occasions she invariably drew simple rangoli designs.
It is all about rangoli ( or kolam ) , festival related crafts and recipes including naivedyam. It is primarily a rangoli boutique - lots and lots of rangoli designs with the occasional craft , recipe information also.
kolam and craft are given a lot of importance in celebration of festivals like Varalakshmi Vratham , Ganesh Chaturthi , Navratri till Dussehra and Diwali. While traditional padi kolam are important for these festivals , for Diwali colourful rangoli are a must .
Craft in the form of flower garlands of various types are part of decoration for Varamahalakshmi Pooja , Vinayaka Chathurthi and Navaratri.
In my opinion rangoli art lessons and watching rangoli videos to learn are both equally useful. So different types of rangoli videos are there in Rangolisansdots - my kolam Channel on YouTube
Since I have put in a lot of effort , physical and mental effort , to create , draw and colour the rangoli designs I request you not to download , convert the rangoli into other formats including pdf files , books e-books . These designs are meant to be useful for learning , teaching , practising at a personal level only.
- Sri Sarada College for Women, Salem, Tamil Nadu