Rangini Golakrithigalu = Rangoli

Rangali does not need much of introduction to us.

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Myself used to sit and watch my mother mix the colourfull white sudde and brownish colour seperately just before any major festival.

Very early in the morning on occassions and festivals, mom ( my spouse has taken over now) would put some dots and start connecting them. For a kid like me it was amazing how the pictures emerged symetrically as if by magic. There was this lamp , some flower or a plain Geometric pattern.

For better effects, coloured powder can be filled in and quite recently my office organized this competation and guess who won – the all male member team!!

Rangloli traditionaly welcome the attithi, adds colour and vigour of the celbration termed as sambrama.

Veena – my good friend was telling me how we can teach geometry using these rangolies – what a innovation!

As my other friends prashanth was pointing out, in good olden days – these used to be drawn from simple rice flour so that ants, sparrows could feed on to their belly after we filled our eyes full of vigour and colour.

During Krishna Gokulashtami, mother used to make me stand and write small foot prints right from the enterance to the pooja room. I used to get bribed with chakulli, Rave unde et all as a package deal for collabrating with her!! What good days those were!!

Hope this tradition lives and goes on far ever…

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16 Responses to Rangini Golakrithigalu = Rangoli

  1. Veena says:

    I met a person who is a retired teacher from Kendriya Vidhyala. Teachers & their profession interests me a lot. I was talking to her about all those she did when she was working.
    Interesting she told me that she wrote a paper which spoke about ‘Art of Inculcating Geometry through Rangoli’ which won some national award!
    Awesome thought, In rangoli we do start with point, we do lines, paralelle line, square, cones & what not…!

    Nice to know Madam puts rangoli now .. I wish I could do it.. πŸ™‚ I need atleast 45 min to 1 hour for it.. to do it fairly okay!! 😦

  2. Veena says:

    some do 3 lines in one go.. you need to keep the rangoli & make it fall in between all your fingers all at the same instant.. This needs lot of balance & technique too !! One of my cousins do it so neat…

    Why do they do sagaNi neeru before that one ? any scientific reason or just to have a neat base to draw the rangoli ??

  3. Veena,
    Initially its 45 minutes for everybody!! Practice makes a man perfect antha kellideene.

    Sagani neeru is used more as a anteseptic solution where ever phenoyl was absent. Also the black background gives a good contrast for the white colour.

  4. Veena says:

    Ok.. Let me take persmission from my PM to come 45 min late to office.. πŸ™‚
    breakfast ge eegle chapati maadidre chautney maadalla, palya maadidre poori maadalla naanu.. adralli rangoli haaklikke 45 time minutes togondre aaytu πŸ™‚ Luxury!
    Well, first I need to make some time to wash my car. Please write a post on time management, no management theories.. to apply to our daily routine.. what are the things that are ‘must do’, may do or need to do…

  5. Veena
    Its a fantastic idea to write about time management with out theories πŸ˜‰

    What madodu madam, you are asking how to do uddin vade with out uddu?

    Car wash madovage husharu… hosa karu… thomba ujjudre colour hoguthe

  6. Prashanth M says:

    Both my mom & sister are more of free hand rangoli artists & very less of these dotted ones. Starting with a small circle or 2 perpendicular lines, both of them create wonders.

    Long back, a group of bachelors used to stay next to our house. To fetch water they had to go in front of our house. During festivals, my mom used to draw rangoli covering full end to end of the road. And those fellows, who knew Rangolis are auspicious and one should not step on them, used to walk on their toes – like doing a bharatha naatya, carrying buckets full of water in each hand. πŸ™‚

  7. Pqrstanth πŸ™‚

    I though such things happen only in telugu or tamil movies. Yes, if a small kid rubs off the rangoli its a treat in terms of krishna having done it. But somebody dies, they throw water on rangoli indicating “every thing is over”.

    Our elders were such precise users of every resource!

  8. praneshachar says:

    we have got some very good male rangoli drawers in our co., for functions they comete with all and make very big ones. even onam time the flower decoration (in front of house like rangoli) i have seen some very good people doing it.
    These things are to ensure your surroundings are kept clean and tidy and a warm welcome to people visiting.

  9. praneshachar says:

    yes mohan
    no rangoli during suthaka and also on day of vaidika/shradda (death anniversay) they are all indication to outsiders about the happenings in the house. very useful tips and good indicators all are done with some specific
    purposes.

  10. Praneshachar,
    True. Just yesterday we had to take some clients for a lunch. We had chosen Malgudi restaurant on sarjapur road. The welcome rangoli done on water was quite a hit with our clients along with yele adike!!

  11. Veena says:

    This is wonderful..
    Please click this link to see that resturant you spoke.. Its on inner ring road too..!
    http://optimistmysorean.aminus3.com/image/2007-02-24.html

  12. M O H A N says:

    Veena,
    Thanks for that link. Yes thats the one done on water with flower petals i was talking about!

  13. Shashikiran says:

    It’s like seeing cake. You’re admiring it and it gets cut and messed up. You watch a pretty rangoli and it gets stepped on and smudged up.

  14. rk says:

    nice comparison.

  15. M O H A N says:

    Shashikiran,
    Wow good comparision as RK says between a cake and rangoli. Wonder how the cook would feel when you relish his dish!!!!!!!!!

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