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Rangoli

A tradition-rich artistic expression. The only art out of 64 kinds to reach every home is RANGOLI. Drawn - Sketched in Festivals, Temples, & Houses, nurtured as a tradition as well. "Rangvalli Parivar" has provided a new socially oriented dimension to this ancient art in the form of Group Rangoli.

Revealition of beauty & attainment of auspiciousness are the twin motives of Rangoli. The place where it is drawn automatically reverbetrates with a climate surcharged with auspiciousness & goodness. Hence the importance of Rangoli in festivals & the like Rangoli drawn in a courtyard of the house reflects the beauty, love & affection innate in any dwelling house. The 'Rangoli' becomes the epitome of group culturedness & therefore the description of the Rangoli as a culture-rich manifestation of art becomes truly befitting It is widely believed that the Rangoli drawn on threshold, courtyard, wards off entry of vile powers & stops the auspicious powers from leaving the house.

A Rangoli beautifully drawn in the courtyard welcomes the visitor & enlivens the mind

India which is bedecked with diversity has obviously various Rangoli forms & names in different parts of the country. Rangoli is not for religious occasions alone. It is used as a complete ornamental presentation in different functions & programmes. In the courtyard or at the entrance of the house or a temple, near vrindavan, during religious, cultural programmes, during auspicious ceremonies in front of the house, at the threshold of a house, just in front of the place where Gods are worshipped, around dining plates, sitting planks, during worship, yajna ( sacred fire ) , auspicious bath, naming ceremony, thread ceremony, marriage, dinners & a host of similar occasions, Rangoli drawing is a natural happening.

Rangoli entails use of various motifs & colors . Every motif is meaningful. A Round, Half Round, Triangle, Rectangle, Pentagon, Sexagon, Quadrangle, Carpet, Star, Celestial Lotus - these forms adorn the beautiful Rangoli figures. Hence one should be familiar with various forms, which are an asset in adoring any Rangoli.

The constructional unification typifies beautiful eye-catching Rangoli, because every motif is woven into the adjoining one & enhances its beauty. Display of beautiful colors, strong bond between lines and colors, beauty and ethnic atmosphere are the fascinating effects of Rangoli known to people. An art which comes from Vedas, brings Prosperity, Happiness and creates happy environment on all kinds of occasions.

Various colors used enhance the innate beauty. Indian psyche believes that the entire Solar System resides in Rangoli. Light, Brightness, Knowledge, Creation, Health, Devotion, Prosperity, Liveliness - are inherent in Sun's existence. Probably kindling of natural emotions may be the motive behind this art.

The auspicious motives are representative & creative of well-being. The Gods reside in it. It is auspicious fountain - head of waves of eternal bliss. The orientation can be based on Dot, Picture & Nature - as well form oriented & nature oriented are two more divisions of Rangoli . The former relies on lines, angles, circles, The latter uses primarily flowers - leaf, trees, creepers, beasts - birds ete. These are quite commen in Eastern India.

Rangoli which goes by about 400 designations is - attractive. It gives a joy of creation, enhances self confidence. The resultant - effect is that the drawer & the viewer - both derive happiness.
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Signs

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A Dot ( Bindu ) : A dot denotes the seed, which contains the secret of rebirth. Hence a dot represents motherhood & in the form of kumkum-tilak ( bindi ) makes-up an ornament of married life.

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A Straight line ( Saral Resha ) : Stands for straight nature, research & educative instincts.

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Half Circle ( Ardh Vartul ) : Denotes Knowledge, Science, Religion, Culture, Practical aspects & the Power that resides within everybody.

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Circle ( Vartul ) : Stands for fullness. One who attains fullness leads a life which is as pleasing as fullmoon.

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Centripetal ( Kendra Vardhini ) : Centripetal is the motif of endlessness of the Universe. It denotes the feeling which multiplies limitlessly the basic principles.

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Cow's Feet ( Gopadma ) : Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth resides here. It stands for all-round prosperity that is the feet of goddess Laxmi.

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Serpentine Lines ( Sarpresha ) : Denotes carriage the water & the wind flow in wave- like formations. These also stand for the transition of the innate qualities standing for Physical knowledge, Science, Culture, Gentlness.

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Swastik : Testifies the 'speed' & the progress that pervades the universe. It is a motif of ever changing Energy.

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Omkar : is the revealation of Brahma in a letter-form. It is the revealation of primordial form of the Universe. The sages & seers got this form revealed to them through this motif.

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Shreekar : The revealation of Almighty was attained in this form & stands for auspicious beginning of anything. The sages & seers perceived this form during Dhyana.

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Conch ( Shankh ) : is the motif of revealation of resonance of all - pervading, Pranav-Sound.

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Wheel ( Chakra ) : Stands for wheel of time. It denotes the past, the present & the future, veritable existence through which Universe keeps on changing.

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Mace ( Gada ) : Is the protection of good nature & anihilation of vile. It stands for the power that ensures this.

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Lotus ( Padma ) : The seat of Laxmi, the emblem of beauty, cleanliness, delicacy, absence of dirt, procreating power, creative power.

 
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Storing Pot : Contains the five basic elements, Punchmahabhutas & stands for sustenance of Universe & Prosperity. It encloses the portion of all Gods. The Pot represents Brahma, Shiva around the neck, Vishnu at the base, seven seas in the head & rivers led by Ganges.

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Chain-Let : Consisting of a pair of serpents depicts affection, coordination & Unity.

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Flag : Stands for Fire -Top, Brilliance Penance & Sacrifice.

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Bow ( Dhanushya ) : Stands for the qualities that leads to attainment of victory and goal & anihilation of vile powers.

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Arrow ( Baan / Shar ) : Denotes unhindered concentration which is so much necessary for attainment of goal.

 
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Celestial Feet : Stands for the direction which is ensured by Almighty's existence.

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Curved Figure (Kuiry ) : Denotes artistic tendencies.

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Turaa : Exemplifies beauty.
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Turaa : Exemplifies beauty.
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Procedure

The artistic Rangoli's created and demonstrated by the Rangvalli Group of Artists have gained a unique place in the minds of the people. Infact Rangoli has become a part and parcel of any auspicious occasion or event not only in Maharashtra but also in other states. Instead of the traditional Rangoli, we develop Rangoli by using symbols from our ancient culture which are in vouge for hundreds of years. We will continue this tradition of drawing Rangoli's on all auspicious occasions. Our Volunteers are working and will work relentlessly to take this art to the masses.

Let us now work on drawing this beautiful, elegant, majestic and sacred Rangoli.

Ingrediants required are - Thick Rangoli, Various colors, Thread, Chalk, Spoon, Plain cotton cloth.

Method of Drawing Group-Rangoli

The place where one has to draw Rangoli should be neat, clean and like a table land. The earthy surface may be made up by cowdung . However the surface should not be wet.

Before drawing Rangoli, one should draw the sketch on a piece of paper so that the other artists are well aware of what they have to draw.

Depending upon the space available, decide and mark the center point of the Rangoli. Use the thread and chalk to draw a circle as per one's requirement.

Decide about the color scheme, and start from inner circle. Fill the circle with desired color by using a filter-mash. Then draw the symbols by using Rangoli Powder on colored circle. Go on filling the circles as per your pre-decided colors scheme till the last circle. The Rangoli can extended with the use of various symbols.

In the traditional Rangoli only the thumb and the pointer finger is used where as here in Group Rangoli one has to use all the five fingers. Further one has to keep a definite distance between two legs and then lean forward and draw the symbols. After drawing each symbol one has to move ahead towards the right direction. While drawing the 'Sarparesha' ( Serpentine Lines ) keep all the five fingers parallel to the floor and drop the Rangoli moving the fingers in an up and down fashion. The result will be five 'SarpaResha'.

One should know well about all symbols one should also always practice the Rangoli.

One can draw Rangoli in various shapes and but one should properly plan in advance. With the use of symbols Rangel can be expanded in Round, Rectangular, Triangular, Quadrilateral, Pentangular, Hexagonal, Octangonal, Half Circle and the Corner Shapes.
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