Diwali is also known as “the festival of light” and it is highlighted with colors also. On this day people wear different colorful clothes, make and distribute colorful sweets and decorate their house with colorful lights and Rangoli.
‘Rangoli’ is a Sanskrit word “rang” (color) + “aavalli” (row of colors) – which means a creative expression of art by using different color materials on the floor. Diwali is one such festival, when a Rangoli is drawn to welcome Goddess Laxmi (Goddess of wealth). It is very popular in most of the Indian states. Rangoli has different names from state to state:
Various Names Rangoli :
Maharashtra and Karnataka : Rangoli
Andhra : muggu/muggulu
Kerala : puvidal
Tamil Nadu : kolam
Gujarat : sathiya
Rajasthan : mandana
Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh : chaukpurna or chowkpurana
Bengal : alpana
Bihar : aripana
Rangoli making is a very easy art based on one’s skill. Rangoli can be a very simple pattern drawn using only the white color and it can be made more colorful by using various color Rangoli or flower petals. Rangoli designs can be as simple as geometric shapes, deity impressions and flower and petal shapes. There are mainly 4 ways of making Rangoli designs – by drawing the dots/grids and then joining them together to form shapes, Free Hand Rangoli, Rangoli using Stencils, Ready Rangoli Stickers. These Rangoli can be made by using different materials, Rangoli Colors, Marbel Dust, Colored Rice or rice powder, Chalk powder, Pulses, Flower Petals, Leaves, Colored Stones and Colored Semolina Flour /Cream of Wheat and Colored Sand.
One can also draw Rangoli on water. It gives a 3d look to the design. Decide the place to keep your water Rangoli before making the Rangoli as it will be hard to move the container around, once the rangoli is drawn. Here is way to draw Rangoli on water :
Take a clear container either glass or steel with at least 3 inches (or less then that) depth and apply oil inside the container. Now fill the container with water. Spread rice powder or dry distemper powder evenly over the water surface. Your rangoli surface is ready for your design. Now using regular rangoli drawing process, you can draw your Rangoli designs. One can also use regular talcum powder to form the base for your water Rangoli.