Friday, June 1, 2012

Floor Paintings-Rangoli

 Two Sanskrit words,rang (color) and avali ('creepers') combine to create the beatutiful term rangoli which litreally means “colored creepers”. It is probabaly the most popular art form in India and is practises in almost every household. It is known by different names in different part of the country-alapana in Bengal, Aripana in Bihar, Chowkpurana in Uttar Pradesh, Kolam in Kerala and Muggu in Andhra Pradesh. However in the north it is generally in the form of wet flooer paintings while in the south it’s a dry powder painting. 
 The impermanent nature of these paintings is a metaphor for maya (deceptive nature of life).

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