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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holmertz (51216) 2014-02-20 10:06
An interesting and colourful photo shot from a good angle. I guess if you are new at it, it's not so easy to make these decorations perfectly. I hope her mother was pleased with her. Along with your informative note this is an exccellent contribution to TE. Thanks for sharing and kind regards,
yquem46 (38750) 2014-02-20 10:20
A good one of this young girl drawing rangolis at her door
A very pleasant tradition in whole India. I even saw a contest in Pushkar during the camel mela
Best regards, have a nice day
pajaran (59541) 2014-02-20 10:45
Interesantan i dobar tekst o staroj, narodnoj umetnosti, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled na devojku koja radi Rangoli ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Dobar rad, lepo ulovljen trenutak, lepa tradicija.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the ancient, folk art, with a description ...
A nice view of a girl who works Rangoli ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely shown the place and the moment, pretty colors.
Good work, beautiful captured moments, beautiful tradition.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
Silvio1953 (140853) 2014-02-20 12:05
Ciao Satya, nice daily life composition with lovely Young girl, interesting scene, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Fis2 (96065) 2014-02-20 13:06
Interesting scene from street.
I like frame and colors.
Good reportage work.
emilbo (22616) 2014-02-20 14:07
Une très jolie photo de cette jeune artiste de la rue. La composition est excellente avec un bel éclairage. Les couleurs sont parfaitement rendues et le dessin est très intéressant.
Tous mes compliments,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-02-20 21:25
Hello Satya - Your shot, together with your note makes this an excellent TE upload. I have learned from this posting and what really strikes me is this young girl is doing a daily 'chore'. It highlights the importance of the spiritual world on a daily level. Furthermore, it beats washing dishes! TFS this fascinating insight into another culture. Rosemary
wolf38 (31296) 2014-02-20 22:31
Hi Satya. Interesting photo and text. Very successful composition, - the only truly important is present in the narrow framework. Belt made.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-21 1:03
Compliments for an excellent note accompanying a fine slice of Indian rural life. I am glad to see that a young girl from Andhra taking part in such a nice tradition, it means the culture is being passed on to the next generation, sadly I do not see that happening in Bengal.
Excellent share, thanks.
jhm (151492) 2014-02-21 2:21
I have always very great respect for this type of art, this is not easy, but sometimes very nice.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture attractive.
Excellent captured, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (77401) 2014-02-21 5:21
Une très belle scène de la vie quotidienne chez cette jeune fille qui dessine à la craie sur le trottoir. Elle est très concentrée et ses vêtements ont de bien jolies couleurs.
ourania (44326) 2014-02-21 10:29
a very interesting and meaningful scene from daily life in India, captured with naturalness and precision. The tight framing exalts the girl's concentration and art. The patterns are mysterious and I keep looking from them to the girl's face and back. I appreciate that she is not disturbed by your presence and is performing the ritual in her own rhythm. The colours are vivid and appealing. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
dekanski (5114) 2014-02-21 14:40
Great, just great Satya!!!
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-02-22 1:26
This is super and very interesting and great to see the traditions are being observed and handed down.
Great colours, super crop, well managed.
Noel_Byrne (30499) 2014-02-22 9:04
Thanks for your informative note which tells much about this image, and explains the young girls intense look of concentration! At first I thought she was perhaps drawing something to play a game, but I see now it is much more serious than that. A wonderful portrait and the colors of the girls clothes are really outstanding.
I have seen people draw these in the lobby of a hotel, when Dublin Diwali was held recently. A beautiful young lady in traditional Indian dress was drawing the most beautiful flower in reds and blues. Now I know the reason why :)
Thanks as always
photoray (13981) 2014-02-22 11:19
Fine candid of the colorful clothed attractive female creating Muggu, which is very mystical to me, and very stimulating artistically.
I often do not understand other cultures' art work, yet I do enjoy seeing them. This includes our American Southwest's ancient petroglyphs which even the "experts" have trouble understanding.
Thanks for sharing,
lousat (89862) 2014-02-22 14:29
Hi Satya,a very interesting thing from indian culture,and your perfect capture is the best way to understand what happen's,great point of view and the best detail in the large version too,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
nikkitta (17066) 2014-02-22 16:58
I saw this work make with flowers in Canary islands , Spain, really something nice and creative
Like how concentrate and how well is the girl designing
Very informative note also
Well done, congrats
karacabeylis (1465) 2014-02-23 6:27
a very well captured scene. both the framing and the natural colors add to effectiveness.
SimoAle (646) 2014-02-24 9:23
i tuoi lavori continuano a piacermi tanto, catturano la quotidianità e risalti con una bella luce e fantastici colori.
Spero di aggiungermi anche io ai tuoi preferiti.
Cricri (117879) 2014-02-24 9:36
Un joli portrait et scène de cette jeune fille dessinant sur le sol, coquette avec ces bijoux et ces vêtements colorées, une note intéressante
Didi (60588) 2014-02-25 7:33
Very interesting locas scene of daily life
The young girl has a natural attitude well concentrated to her work
COSTANTINO (64208) 2014-02-25 11:06
Hello dear friend
the visit of your gallery is a short travel
to India in my opinion is a real book
of knowledge according to your useful notes
Rangoli is a folk art from India in which
patterns are created on the floor
vivid and impressive shot with the young
girl make these designs
the tradition is always tradition
have a nice new day tomorrow
delpeoples (57278) 2014-03-01 22:02
Namaskar dear Satya
A most beautifully composed photo, allowing us to see the little girl draw this beautiful rangoli. I love the intense look of concentration on her face, not just trying her best to draw this art, but also to be a helpful part of the household. Thanks for bringing us this fascinating and beautiful part of daily life.
Royaldevon (37927) 2014-03-11 3:48
What a charming photograph.
I have seen other photographs of this practice but non better than this. The lady has brightly coloured clothes and her compact position ties in nicely with the activity. She makes a really interesting subject as she undertakes her pattern making.
Have a great day,
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-03-12 8:07
very interesting note and the photo which accompanies it illustrates very well this kind of art. Well framed with the girl bending over the drawing. I like the composition which lets us see and the artist and the art.
Well saturated colors and great focus.
Thanks for sharing
fabbs99 (17133) 2014-03-27 22:57
Darun Hoyeche ! Its a lovely presentation of Rangoli. The girl has natural expressions while involved in her job.Very well captured with good lightings and sharpness.Keep sharing.
claudeD (38140) 2014-03-28 3:25
very fine picture from India showing this interesting portrait picture. Very good and informative note.Excellent informative note.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
fritzi007 (10411) 2015-02-14 11:13
The young girl from Andhra Pradesh is very konsentriert and does her best, very good scene from South India, congratulations!
Kind regards and have a nice week