Ancient Indian Art: Rangoli Rice Mandala

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Ancient Indian Art: Rangoli Rice Mandala
By: Krysteen ~ 4/15/2021

In an urban jungle, the women of Tamil Nadu in India perform a special ritual to start their day off right. After cleaning the entryway of their home, they have set up the canvas for a century-long tradition of drawing magnificent, beautiful mandala designs called Kōlam. Using rice flour they draw geometric patterns creating and floral patterns that represent the lotus, known for prosperity and the goddess Lakshmi. They use their Kōlam as a prayer to her and the process of making the illustration is a performance of supplication.

In this article they discuss the different ways in which the people use Kōlam as a form of worship in their religion as well as a metaphor for the coexistence with nature. Mehndi Madness takes pleasure in becoming knowledgeable about the culture in which the art of henna is from and how art has been transformed by these cultural artifacts.

Read more about the art of Kōlam in this article:
How an Ancient Indian Art Utilizes Mathematics, Mythology, and Rice
BY Rohini Chaki MAY 7, 2019

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/indian-rice-art-kolam?utm_medium=atlas BLOGPOST_RiceMandala04152020.jpgColorful kōlams, such as this one by Godavari Krishnamurthy,
are drawn during festivals. R. KRISHNAMURTHY/COURTESY OF KAVERI PURANDHAR