Rangali does not need much of introduction to us.
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…