Rangoli: Independence Day
Rangoli: A pattern with SrI ( శ్రీ )
Rangoli: Happy Fourth of July!
Rangoli: Happy birthday rAjammA!
Rangoli: Freehand OM collage
Rangoli: Four OMs Dotted
Rangoli: May the Republic of India prosper!

This is a chikku kOlam of the Indian flag. The flag part has 9 rows and 13 columns of dots. Such an arrangement will always give a single line chikku kOlam. But I have scooped out the central portion of nine dots to accommodate the wheel. This will result in two lines. I have given extensions so that the flag is tied to the pole. This does not alter the number of lines. Normally it is customary to show each line in a separate color. Instead I chose to retain the flag colors. The mast has 20 vertical dots. The whole pattern has in-and-out lines. Enjoy the republic day with a chikku kOlam of the Indian flag.

Regards! - mOhana

Rangoli: Dotted svAstika chikku kOlam

Due to constraints of time, I could not make a chikku kOlam for svAstika in my pongal pattern. I am enclosing my single line design of chikku kOlam for the svAstika. Since many of you do regular pUjA, this may be useful for drawing in the pUjA room. Regards! - mOhana

Rangoli: The one that didn't make it ;-)

I created this also to go along with my new year card (MMXIII). Unfortunately, this didn't make the cut. Yet I like this (as it is my child Smile ). So here it is. Hidden in this pattern are two English words to be found out. Please set them free Smile Regards! - mOhana

Rangoli: My entry for the Mylapore Kolam Festival Logo contest

I am just sharing with you all my humble entry for the above contest. Hope you all enjoy! Regards! - mOhana

Rangoli: Happy New Year

May I along with my other family members wish the ikOlam sorority and fraternity a very happy and prosperous new year! You're all very smart and it is quite easy to find out what it means. Regards! - mOhana

Rangoli: Biscuit rangOli

While we were in South Africa, I bought a biscuit packet called 6 o'clock love. It is square in shape and about 1.5 inches long. It had a beautiful symmetric design on the top. Before eating them, I arranged them in various patterns. They are here for you all to see and enjoy.

Regards! - mOhana

Rangoli: Symmetry with kannaDa-telugu numerals

The numerals in kannaDa are : ೧ ೨ ೩ ೪ ೫ ೬ ೭ ೮ ೯ ೦ (from 1 through 9 and zeo); in telugu they are : ౧ ೨ ౩ ౪ ౫ ౬ ౭ ౮ ౯ ౦ . I created symmetric patterns using these numerals. Top row - 1, 2, 2mm, middle row - 3, 3m, 4, bottom row - 4mm, 6, 6mm. Pure mirror symmetry (m) is omitted. In telugu, the numeral three is similar to the Roman numerals we use normally. That is why I used the kannaDa 3. Here also one may see that 6 and 9 are inverted. Interestingly, this kind of numerals are part of the compound letters (ottu) we use in those languages. Still these numerals that are used for page numbers in kannaDa books. Enjoy!

Regards! - mOhana

Rangoli: It is elementary, Mohan :-)

In the past to describe symmetry and the plane groups, I drew patterns in the dotted form which are shown below:

Suddenly, I got an idea yesterday, why not use numbers for the various rotation axes. It is so easy to understand. Accordingly the numbers 1 (for 360 deg rotation or no symmetry), 2 (for 180 deg rotation), 3 (for 120 deg rotation), 4 (for 90 deg rotation) and 6 (for 60 deg rotation) were used. Where a mirror symmetry is present with these rotations, the mirror images of the numbers were used. For only the mirror symmetry, the letter m was used. If there is interest, I will upload magnified images. Enjoy!

Regards! - mOhana