2016-141 – Simple Rangoli Mandala

Simple Rangoli by Ultra Marathi
Simple Rangoli by Manjiri Prabhulkar

New Week::New Theme: Rangolis 

Rangoli artist, Manjiri Prabhulkar, demonstrates how to create this simple, yet elegant design using just her hand and different color rice flours. Watching the video we see how easily she makes several concentric circles and then with a few simple “pulls” through the grains, turns them into this more complex design.

From her website she states:

The sight of a rangoli around tulsi, in the threshold of a house cannot but gladden the eyes of the beholder. Rangoli stands for positive vibrations, joy and is symbol of Indian culture and folk art. For centuries, women have decorated their homes with both simple and intricately drawn rangolis.

From DiwaliFestival.org

‘Rangoli’ is a Sanskrit word, signifying a creative expression of art by means of colors. In ancient times, beautiful rangoli patterns and designs were made on the entrances of Indian homes for beautifying them and welcoming the guests. Besides a creative expression of art, they were also considered a symbol of good-luck.

More of Manjiri’s how-to videos of beautiful rangolis can be found on the Ultra Marathi Youtube site.

Inspiration For Today

Manjiri’s rangoli shows us how with just our hands and some grains we can make beautiful creative expressions of art.

Happy Coloring!

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