Rangoli is an Indian traditional or folk art, usually created on the floor on festive occasions.  The word “rangoli” derives from Sanskrit, and it means “the expression of artistic vision through the joyful use of colour” or “design in colour.”  It is done at the entrance of households or temples (mandirs), or any place inviting guests on auspicious occasions.

Ours is the culture of “Athiti Devo Bhava”, meaning “Guest is God”. So, what can be better than rangoli in expressing this cultural mannerism and hospitality that we possess by tradition?

The formation of an ideal rangoli art demands the attentive use of vibrant rangoli colours.

Rangoli is of two main types:

Form dominant: In this type of rangoli, lines, cones and circles are drawn proportionately.
Ornamental: In this type of rangoli, importance is given to flowers, leaves, trees, creepers, animals and birds. This rangoli is considered more appealing than the form dominant one.

Bright colours are employed in this art which are not just aesthetically pleasing, they are also fundamentally therapeutic and they have many meanings behind them too.

The significance of colours

WHITE: purity, coolness and safety

RED: strength and energy

YELLOW: richness

ORANGE: sacrifice

GREEN: harmony and balance, nature

BLUE: vastness and happiness, peace

Elements of nature

It is believed that the universe is made with the composition of five elements in balanced form. Water, fire, earth, air and atmosphere are the elements without which denizens of the Earth cannot exist. As per Indian culture, worshipping nature is a way of praying to the almighty. Lord Shiva, the cosmic dancer, represents pancha boothams: the five elements of nature.

Fire represents the energy that is responsible for creation and also the dissolution of the worlds at the end of creation.

Essence of the colour red

In Indian culture, red holds utmost importance across religions. Red powder, or vermillion, is considered to be pious, and red flowers have brought out love and hope in human relationships.

As a woman, the colour red has always mesmerised me. The red colour of a sunset, of a rose, of any beautifully woven clothing have all played a part in me being the passionate, patient, energetic and creative woman that I am.

Red helps to bring out my creative side by evoking positive magnetism and enthusiasm. The colour is point of attraction and holds attention. It a strong colour that emits excitement and vitality, and evokes a sense of physical attraction.

On the whole, it is a colour that stands alone as the most powerful.

The rangoli of the fiery red rooster

I have created an ornamental type of rangol , wherein I have carved out the vibrant rooster using the colour red predominantly with yellow and orange tinges. Placement of diyas (earthen lamps) are placed to give a fire effect to the art.

The chosen colour red symbolises a sense of celebration, confidence and strength. The fire or agni cleanses and purifies our mind, soul and spirit. The rooster is a proud and confident, hardworking and punctual animal. Therefore the colour red perfectly portrays the animal through the art through bold strokes of freehand design.