Holy Rangoli! 8 Rangoli Artists To Watch Out For
Meet 8 amazing artists who explore the art form of rangoli in a number of eye-popping ways.
Derived from the Sanskrit word ‘rangavalli’, Rangoli is an art which precedes sculpture and painting. It is both an auspicious and a preliminary necessity in any religious ritual.
Rangoli is an art form native to Nepal, India, and Bangladesh (known as Alpana) in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as coloured rice or sand, dry flour, or and petals.
The various names for this art form and similar practices include Kolam in Tamil Nadu, Mandana in Rajasthan, Chowkpurana in Chhattisgarh, Alpana in West Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Chowk pujan in Uttar Pradesh, Muggu in Andhra Pradesh, Golam kolam or kalam in Kerala and others.
The purpose of rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck. Design depictions may also vary as they reflect traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area. It is traditionally done by women.
Generally, this practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations and other similar milestones and gatherings. In Nepal, colourful rangoli are made from dyes and are lit up at night outside peoples’ homes and businesses.
Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower and petal shapes (appropriate for the given celebrations), but they can also be very elaborate designs crafted by numerous people.
Speaking of Rangoli, do allow us to take this opportunity to introduce you to some of the more distinctive ways and people who explore this art form and cultural ritual in a number of eye-popping ways. Welcome to the wide world of incredible rangoli.
Pramod believes that the idea of changing the old formula of Rangoli from 2D to 3D has liberated the art of colours and is the genesis of an art form. You can feel, touch, and discover his world or rangoli on Facebook, Instagram, and Chhapaak.com.
2. Pramod Arvi
Pramod is big on Rangoli. And when we say big, we mean really big and intricate. If you dig the fact that Rangoli is big in India, you will be entranced by Pramod Arvi’s grand vision, which you can check out on Facebook or at Sai Art Classes.
3. Nitin Vyas
Umesh is adept at painting his passions, his cultural icons, and deities from the wide pantheon of Hindu gods and goddesses. If you thought Rangoli was a simple art form, take a look at Umesh Panchal’s oeuvres for a rethink.
5. Sai Parkar
Sai is another artist who demonstrates that the art of rangoli can be as realistic and evocative as painting. This is mind-boggling when you know how difficult it is to create textures and images with the material that is used in rangoli. Check out Sai’s work here.
Shanti traffics in vivid colours, bold images, intricate designs, and a fertile imagination. All of which come to life in rangoli. Be dazzled by Shanti’s work here.
Maheshwari is from a small, traditional, yet bustling part of the world called Salem in Tamil Nadu in south India. Her rangoli, which can you see here, reveals the colours and stories from her world in intricate and eye-catching detail.
8. Pradip Dave
One of the ways Pradip immerses himself in his love for rangoli is by going under water. Yes, underwater. Dive in for more here.