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 ).
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.
- Sri Sarada College for Women, Salem, Tamil Nadu