Rangoli art creation....

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    Rangoli, as a religious art creation form has been prevalent all over India. Variously known as Kolam in Tamil Nadu, Alpana in Bengal and Aripana in Bihar, it originated in Maharasthra art creation. During Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, Rangoli's are bedecked with oil lamps or diyas; together they are supposed to please and welcome the Goddess of Wealth, Laksmi. The Tamilians have an exclusive month, mid-December to mid-January, when unmarried girls make Rangoli's in courtyard at sunrise, singing songs. This ritual, an offshoot of a legend is supposed to fulfill the nubile girl's wish for a dream husband. The name, Rangoli, is a combination of two words in art creation - rang and avalli which means a row of colours. When you mention the word, Rangoli, what come to mind are colourful geometric patterns as these are greatly favoured all over. Many Rangoli's books promote these designs exclusively. The Kolam is usually line patterns in white, with a bit of spot colour provided by kumkum (vermillion) and haldi (turmeric). These are unbroken lines, as it was believed that the absence of gaps left no room for the evil spirits to enter art creation. Today, of course, any line drawing or even freehand passes off as Rangoli.The recurrent motifs in Rangoli's across the states are inspired by nature and feature leaves (peepal), fruits (coconut and mangoes) and flowers (lotus). Religious symbols like swastika and aum also figure in the designs in art creation.

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