What is Rangoli or Kolam Design in Indian Culture?

Meaning of Rangoli

Art and music were blended with Indian culture since it was originated. India has rich and powerful cultural value. Its heritage is incomparable. Rangoli is one of the richest Indian arts. Every Indian, especially women should know and how to present creatively the Rangoli design. Women will be taught Rangoli from their childhood onwards by their parents. Rangoli stands for Row of colors. Our motto of launching this website is to bring the attention of everyone to learn Rangoli. This art should not be extinct.

In this website I have presented a simple tutorial that makes everyone to learn Rangoli design very easily. I have presented range of designs from expert. Basically Indians get everything from the Nature. They lived with nature the so called five elements, Earth, Water, Air, Sky and Fire. The idea of making Rangoli designs and colors is taken from butterfly, peacock, flowers, leaves etc. If you have a closer look on clouds in the sky, Cross cut trunk of a tree, nerves of a leaf and River you would notice some design pattern.

If you absorb the color combination of butterfly, Bees, peacock you wonder the nature. The Basic idea of Rangoli is creative design that filled with rich colors.

Difference between Rangoli & Kolam

Rangoli
Kolam
Generally Rangoli is made without dots
different patterns of dots used to create Kolam
Must be colored
Many times coloring is not required
You can create at the instant
You need to practice before you present
It's kind of free hand art
It is pre-defined
Rangoli instrument may be needed
All manual work
More creativity needed
Less imagination & creativity
It has no structure
It is structured
As Rangoli has no dots it is very difficult to re-create
Kolam is basically a connecting dot art so any one can replicate.
Generally Kolam book is kept for future generation in a family
There is no such kind of book

 

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Myths and beliefs

Kolam the South Indian Rangoli art is traced back thousands of years. Rangoli is drawn in front of homes to welcome the new guest, good luck, and fortune. But it is believed that Kolam or Rangoli is drawn to control the ants inside the home.

Yes, even 100 years back the Rangoli was drawn using the coarse ground rice powder. The ants would take the particles of rice and go out of home. And also by quenching the hunger of the ants the family would also get good fortune. Due to cost and other difficulties in making this method people started use coarse ground white sand what we call “kolam powder”. It resembles rice powder. Now-a-days people complaining that ants are destroying eatables inside home. It may be a one of the reasons that we gave up the method of using rice powder Kolam.

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Interactive eKolam book - PDF download

Interactive eKolam book - PDF downloadClick here to download (8.52MB)

This is 100% interactive eKolam Book for the first time in the net. You can navigate all the kolam collection in a single click and back to home page. Download online and enjoy the Kolam collection whenever you want and print it if needed.

Festival Kolam Collections

Pongal Kolam Collections Click here to view

Expert's Talk : Rangoli Design
An Interview with Guna Selvi

We are happy to introduce the Rangoli expert Mrs.Guna Selvi and let’s share her experience on Rangoli. Guna Selvi

Q Please brief yourself...

A I am Guna Selvi (kgunaselvi@gmail.com), Freelancer.
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Q How long have you have been doing Rangoli / Kolam?

A I have been doing Rangoli and kolam for the past 18 years

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Q What makes you still keep interest on Rangoli as many women lose interest on it?

A I feel happy, delighted, enlighten, achieved something, mentally free when I complete each rangoli. That’s the only thing that keeps me doing. Almost every day I draw rangoli on the paper. I do rangoli in front of my home on all the occasions. I have shared some of my Rangoli works in this website. I used only color pensils and it gives retro effect. I am a vintage woman.

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Q Have you received any reward & appreciation?

A Reward / award No. But I have got lot of appreciation from everyone which is more than a award I consider. Thanks to all my well-wisher.

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Q Is there any challenging moment that you would like to share?

A Yes, I had and would like to share with the readers. A neighborhood gal knocked my door on the bitterly cold night some years ago. She asked me to draw some Rangoli on the paper as she had some Rangoli completion at her school next day. Though I had experience in Rangoli I was unable to think thematically at the instant. Somewhat I got anidea what to draw. Yes, I depicted a gal’s picture that holds a mask of an angry face thus a smiley face visible. I was happy when I came to know that that Rangoli won first prize.

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Q What are your hobbies?

A Rangoli / Kolam, Cooking, Photography & Reading books

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