Rangoli and Kolam

Rangoli is the popular floor art of India. It is an auspicious art of decorating courtyards and prayer halls in India drawn mainly by women and girls. Some women use rice flour to draw a rangoli which is the traditional medium to be used while others use sandstone or limestone powder. The designs are then colored with various colored powdered dyes. Although this floor-art is known as Rangoli commonly in many parts of India, it is known as Kolam in Tamil Nadu, Muggulu in Andhra pradesh, Rangavalli in Karnataka, Poovidal or Pookalam in Kerala, Chowkpurana in Uttar Pradesh, Madana in Rajasthan, Aripana in Bihar and Alpana in Bengal.



The colorful kolam tradition dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization
(2500 B.C). Kolams were often drawn with coarse rice flour since it
served as a food source to nature's creatures like ants and crows. Rice
flour is seen as an offering to Lakshmi, the goddess of rice and wealth.
The goddess has the power to attract prosperity and to prevent poverty
from entering the home. In this category you'll find all kinds of small
and big kolam designs which are further categorized for various
occasions.

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Skill level

Beginner


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width="53" height="60" border="0" />

Intermediate

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width="61" height="60" border="0" />

Advanced

alt="Advanced level kolams" width="62" height="60" border="0" />
 
Occasions

New year

alt="New year kolams" width="60" height="60" border="0" />

Margazhi season

alt="Margazhi kolams" width="60" height="60" border="0" />

Wedding

alt="Wedding kolams" width="60" height="60" border="0" />
Valentine src="/images/valentine.gif" alt="Valentines Day kolams" width="51"
height="60" border="0" />
Housewarming src="/images/vilakku.gif" alt="Housewarming kolams" width="37"
height="60" border="0" />
Auspicious days src="/images/DiwaliMorC_020_contest_t.gif" />
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Type

Padi Kolams

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Sikku Kolams

alt="Sikku or Neli kolams" border="0" />

Apartment Kolams

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Rangoli

rangoli

Rangoli on/under water

rangoli on water

Inspiration rangolis

inspiration rangolis

Navagraha Kolams

Navagraha Kolams

Pookalam

Pookalam

Alpana

Alpana
 
Festivals

Pongal

alt="Pongal kolams" width="72" height="60" border="0" />


Krishna janmashtami

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alt="Krishna jayanthi (krishnashtami) kolams" width="73"
height="60" border="0" />

Ganesh chaturthi

src="/images/ganesh2.gif" alt="Ganesh chathurthi kolams" width="59"
height="60" border="0" />
Onam src="/images/poo2withtextures.gif" alt="Pookalam for Onam"
width="64" height="60" border="0" />
Dussera Navrathri src="/images/dolls_thumb.gif" alt="Dusshera" width="66" height="60"
border="0" />
Diwali src="/images/diwali_rangoli.gif" alt="Diwali kolams" width="60"
height="60" border="0" />
Karthigai src="/images/jyothi.gif" alt="karthigai kolams" width="65"
height="60" border="0" />
Christmas src="/images/crosses_candles.gif" alt="Christmas kolams" width="64"
height="60" border="0" />
   
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ikolam events...

Cherry
Blossom Festival 2009, Cupertino, CA


iKolam Chennai
meet

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Diwali Rangoli contest 2008

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alt="Diwali rangoli contest 2008" width="60" height="47" border="0" />

Diwali Rangoli contest 2007

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alt="Diwali rangoli contest 2007" width="82" height="60" border="0" />

Margazhi dew drops contest results 2008-2009

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alt="Diwali rangoli 2009 contest results" width="82" height="60" border="0" />

Diwali rangoli 2009 contest results


alt="Diwali rangoli 2009 contest results" width="82" height="60" border="0" />
 
Miscellaneous

Golu

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border="0" alt="golu" />

Video

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alt="video" />


Tessalations


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alt="Tessalations">