Traditionally, Rangolis ritual designs are drawn on the threshold every day, especially, during festive occasions. ‘Rangoli’ signifies creative expression of art by means of colours and flowers and is also considered a symbol of good-luck.
There are many types of rangolis – the straight dotted ones, the slanted dotted ones, rangolis with hidden dots and so on. . There are rangolis which look like normal paintings and there are those that protray birds, flowers, animals and images of gods. Rangolis have become a way of expressing women’s artistic creativity.
But, they are not just restricted to ritual celebrations or are ritualistic in style. There are with images of cricket and other games to like commemoration of the Asiad games.Women who drew rangolis only at the threshold of houses in Tamilnadu had started incorporating slogans praising M.G.R. Christmas. New Year has become part of these rangoli designs in the last two decades, especially in schools and colleges. Innovative designs are made with candles, balloons, flower vases and musical instruments, which appear very frequently in journals that are part of SPARROW collections. In some schools, during Independence Day, Rangolis are also made with flowers and petals.
In keeping with the spirit of Independence Day, the simplest of ingredients like pulses are used to make a Rangoli. Pulses form the staple diet along with rice in many of the Indian states and are extensively used in cooking simple Indian dishes.
The pulses like Masoor Dhal, Sabudana and Moong Dhal are mainly used, especially for their colours like Saffron, white and Green – the colours of the tricolour.
The Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal areas have been coloured with a mixture of coconut powder and blue rangoli powder. Pulse like Rajma is used to colour the border of the country.The land areas are coloured with a mixture of coconut powder and brown rangoli powder. Navy blue rangoli powder is used for colouring the Ashoka Chakra.