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Rangoli is an ancient Hindu art form from India. Derived from the Sanskrit word 'Rangavalli', it means rows of colors, and is drawn in the homes, courtyards and sometimes even on walls, to celebrate auspicious occasions.
Rangoli, which means “an array of colours” in Sanskrit, is a traditional Indian art form dating back some 5,000 years to the pre-Aryan period. It is known as kolam in Tamil. Rangoli is a multi-coloured floor decoration that symbolises wealth, joy, and prosperity, as well as thanksgiving to deities.
Women use their bare fingers or a homemade brush to create various designs from sandstone powder or grain flour. Sometimes colors and petals are used in addition to flour paste.
The making of colorful patterns on the floor using a mix of materials such as sand, flower petals, rice flour, lentils and beans, is what forms a Rangoli -- one of the most beautiful Indian folk arts. Traditionally, Rangoli is an art of decoration drawn on the floor or the entrances of homes.
The rangoli represents the happiness, positivity and liveliness of a household, and is intended to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good luck. It is believed that a Hindu household without a clean entrance and rangoli is an abode of daridra (bad luck). The purpose of rangoli is beyond decoration.
The workshop is conducted by Ms. Gazal Munayat.
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- The rangoli represents the happiness, positivity and liveliness of a household.
- The workshop is conducted by Ms. Gazal Munayat.