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Education and competition are two common elements of all human values. Any kind of competition plays an important role in academic achievement because it helps students to know their strengths and improve their performance. TRYTOON ACADEMY organizes Rangoli competition every year during “RASA PURNIMA” not only to enhance its design courses student’s imagination but also to intact our Indian tradition which the Interior Designing,Fashion designing Animation and Hotel Management students have participate to get success this events. Our objective is to encourage students to celebrate festivals in an innovative way. Organizing such events help students to remain in close touch with their culture. Rangoli Competitions play an important role in motivating students to perform and outshine in their creative skills. It offers a chance for participants to gain substantial experience, adopt innovative techniques, showcase talents, analyze and evaluate outcomes and uncover personal ability.
What is the first thing comes to your mind after hearing the word Rangoli? It could be an imaginative expression of art with the usage of colors, right. Rangoli is a famous art form from India in which different shapes and designs are made on the floor or courtyards via materials such as coloured rice, dry flour, coloured sand or flower petals. It is usually made during festivals like Rasha Purnima, Pongal etc.
Origin of Rangoli
Rangoli is originated from the Sanskrit word ‘rangavalli’. It is a combination of two words Rang can be referred as colors and Holi can be referred as celebration. So, Rangoli is an artistic festivity of colors. There are different names for Rangoli in different regions of India. In TamilNadu it is termed as Kolam, likewise Mandana in Rajasthan, Chowkpurana in Chhattisgarh, Alpana in West Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Chowk pujan in Uttar Pradesh, Muggu in Andhra Pradesh, Golam kolam or kalam in Kerala and so on.
History of Rangoli
Rangoli was made first time at the time of Chitralakshana. During that period, son of the King’s highest priest had passed away and Lord Brahma asked him to draw a portrait of the boy, which was an exact replica of the boy. This was the first time the Rangoli design was made.
In Ramayana, Ayodhya people painted Rangoli designs to welcome Lord Rama back after fourteen years of migration in the forest. In Mahabharata, this form had been used by the Gopis in their free time. It helped them rejuvenate their mind and ease away the pain of separation from Lord Krishna.
Significance of Rangoli
Rangoli plays a very vital role in Indian tradition. The purpose of Rangoli is an adornment, and it is believed to bring good luck. Sometimes different shapes, colors define different rituals in Indian culture. Some people make it on special events or festivals. Oil lamps (diyas) would be positioned in the rangoli to give it yet another dimension. Using colors artistically can turn a simple design into a beautiful design.
Important Tips for Rangoli:
- Select a design that you want to draw various sources like books magazines, internet or it can be your own design. If you want to make a design of your own, first draw it on paper and fill in the design with coloured sketch pens or any other colors to get a rough idea about how the rangoli will look.
- Clean the floor (where you want to make the rangoli) with a wet cloth and wait for the area to dry.
- Take a piece of chalk and draw the outline of the rangoli design.
- Fill in the outline with rangoli powder is the most challenging part of the design. Take some powder with the help of thumb and index finger and fill in the design through rubbing the two fingers together and sprinkling the powder on the outline. Be careful at the time of sprinkling and it should not cover any extra areas. Focus should be only on the outlining.
- Start the process from the center and move outwards.
- You can create spaces within the rangoli design to place diyas for lighting. You could also use flower petals of different colors to add an extra dimension to your design.
- With a little bit of imagination, aesthetic sense and patience, you can create your own piece of art.
Mediums for Rangoli:
- Rangoli can be done in any design and color, it can be made using coloured saw dust.
- In Indian tradition, rice flour/ wheat flour, kumkum and haldi are also used in rangoli. They are considered auspicious.
- You can also color rice at home using food colors.
- Use of flower petals, finely cut green grass, methi leaves adds a lovely aura to rangoli designs.
- Special floating candles are also available in the market. Float them in containers of water along with flower petals. Make a space and place them inside rangoli design. You can also add diyas to any design for the soft sparkle.
Aim of Rangoli Designs at Our Institute
Not all of us are creative. Not all of us are professional designers. But most of the times, people who are not expert in designing also desire to create an artwork called Rangoli. With the important tips and techniques shared here, we are sure anybody can try their hands at making a colorful design and have their own rangoli. It’s like contributing to the celebration of the coming festivals. Every design is precious which is made from our own hands.
Steps to Make Rangoli:
- Choose an easy Rangoli Design or you can think about one on your own
- Draw the selected design on a piece of paper
- Fill the Design with water color, poster color, crayons, wax, or sketch pens
- You can create 2-3 designs using various color schemes or combinations
- Decide an area on the floor where you want to make your design
- Make the selected design with the help of chalk
- Fill the design with colors, flowers, kumkum, pulses or any other material
- If required, place diyas, candles etc. to fill the gap in your Rangoli