RANGOLI at a Glance

Rangoli, the word itself involves the Colors. "Rang" means Color creates Rich and Colorful impressions in our Mind. The word Rangoli simply means Row or Line of Colors. It is interesting to know how people from different states in India draws the Rangoli at their door steps with different materials with different name too but the auspiciousness of the this art form remains the same. There are 64 Arts stated in Hindu Scriptures, Rangoli is one of the ancient art form. Bhoo Alankaran Vidhya is a vedik name of Rangoli, it means the art which decorates the floor. The God or the Energy resides in Rangoli so it’s believed as a Sacred Art.

In Tibet, the same art like this is called Mandala. Mandala is a Sanskrit word which means a Circle. In Tibetan, it’s called dul-tson-kyil-khor (Mandala of colored powders). The Lamas or the Tibetan priests do it as a teaching tool and metaphor for the “impermanence” of life. The Sand Art medium also famous as Navajo Sand Paintings, similar like Rangoli. It’s an art of south-western Native Americans. They also call it Dry paintings.

Rangoli is the ancient art form because before the discovery of colors- paint and brushes the materials like stone powder, charcoal, rice powder, flowers, leaves, cereals, gems were easily available to use to make an art. Generally Rangoli is done on the auspicious occasions, festivals, rituals, and ceremonies but in parts-states of India specially South Indian states, its practiced on daily bases before the Tulsiji or at the entrance of the home or at the temple inside the home.

In India, floor paintings are generally done in white color. White is the symbol of peace, unity, equality and purity. The material used is white stone powder, rice powder or rice flour. Rice for the Indians is a sign of prosperity. Additionally, there are many materials forms for making Rangoli, depending upon the regional conditions or prakruti- Nature.

Brahma, the creator of the Universe added the Chaitanya to the objects in the Universe; the same way an Artist fills the Chaitanya in his/her art form. Artists do efforts to make alive his/her art through the choice or the use of colors.Rangoli is the Art form which is generally made on the Floor – Bhoomi. This Art is connected with the PRITHVI Tatva – the Earth Element out of the five Elements of the Universe (Brahmand). At the time of harvesting, the celebration enjoyed with Rangoli hence floor decorations went on to become a form of thanks giving for the mother Earth that nurtures us. Art in India was a form of worship and so it’s said that Work is Worship.

Rangoli unfolds the creativity of the person or the doer. The Strokes or the shapes or the colors used in Rangoli speak louder than the words. It’s a silent Language which creates expression through the Artist and is a language that expresses the culture.

In Today’s Life, One is solely dependent on technology which keeps getting upgraded each day and along with that we caught only with informative bombardment as a result of which we have lost our inner connection. Body, Mind(Mann), Soul(Chitta) when in total synchronization with each other is termed as being in YOG. When we do Rangoli or engage in any other Art form, our External & Internal objects get connected simultaneously, resulting in KarmaYog.

In this so called Modern Era, one’s happiness is very temporary in nature as it is mostly derived from the materialistic objects. After a limited time or usage it makes the individual restless and he resorts to some other way to seek temporary happiness again. In contrast to the above, Rangoli or any art form is the only medium gives us the Aananda, explicit joy and relativity. Aananda comes from within and it is Independent of an external object of desire, hence it is Long lasting too.

This Aananda is not for the Artist only; it’s shared with the Society or the Samaj. For instance when a Rangoli is created, whoever sees it derives immense happiness as they dive within themselves in the ocean of their own joy. It is said that Perception matters more than just seeing.