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Rangoli, also known as kolam or Muggu, is a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali, Onam, Pongal and other Indian festivals.

They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities. The ancient symbols have been passed down through the ages, from each generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. Similar practices are followed in different Indian states: there is Kolam in Tamil Nadu; Mandana in Rajasthan; Chowkpurna in Northern India; Alpana in West Bengal; Aripana in Bihar; Chowk pujan in Uttar Pradesh; Muggu in Andhra Pradesh and others.

The young girl from Andhra Pradesh has possibly been instructed by her mother to do the morning rangoli which is a very common feature in many south Indian households (rural or urban, rich or poor) and is concentrating and trying her best. The most common material used for the daily rangoli is powdered rice which she seems to be using.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 249 W: 1 N: 567] (3767)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-02-16
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/3.6, 1/100 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-20 10:02
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