Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Painted Prayers

You know what PAINTED PRAYERS are? They are traditional Kolams or Rangolis.

According to wikipedia,"Kolam  is a form of drawing that is drawn by using rice flour/chalk/chalk powder/white rock powder often using naturally/synthetically colored powders in various parts of India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and a few other Asian countries. A Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. In South India, it is widely practised by female Hindu family members in front of their houses. Kolams are regionally known by different names in India, Raangolee in Maharashtra, Aripan in Mithila , Hase and Raongoli in Kannada in Karnataka, Muggulu in Andhra Pradhesh,Golam in Kerala etc., More complex Kolams are drawn and colors are often added during holiday occasions and special events.
Kolams are thought to bring prosperity to homes." In earlier days,these rangolis were made of coarse rice powder not with the only intention of decorating but also to invite ants, small birds and other creatures to feed on them.It signifies a world of harmonious co-living.

A little variation from the traditional South Indian style are these rangolis but nevertheless amazing.
This festive season get inspired by these designs and try some in your own home.

Sharing some designs I found on Pinterest. Kudos to the artist. 

Simply superb isn't it? Floored by the floral motifs... The name' painted prayers' is apt. You are sure to invoke God's blessings too, thru these hand paintings.

Enjoy the festivals all of you and try implementing some of these beauties in your own home.


meg said...

Really wonderful painted prayers! Do you know what Alpana is? As far as I remember, it is from Bengal and is drawn using rice flour paste (rice flour mixed with water). I would like to know more about it on your blog.

reya bhosale said...

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Sangitha Aanand said...

Thanks Meghana. Alpana as you said is from Bengal.Just as we South Indians decorate our entrances and prayer rooms with 'KOLAMS',Bengalis do it with Alpana.They use rice paste,made of rice flour mixed with water.Sometimes even green and red colour is also used along with the white paste.Red colour comes from 'sindoor' and the green from leaves.

Sangitha Aanand said...

Thanks Reya

Kunal Sutar said...

Great point you make there. good POST.. I like your perspective on this subject

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