Entry for mArgazhi kOlam contest
The rangOli was created on a grid of 29 horizontal rows and 35 vertical colimns. Out of the 1015 dots on the rectangular grid 614 (60.5 were actually used for the patterns. The unused dots are shown as small black dots.
This is a symmetric, stylized and symbolic pattern, not drawn to scale.
1) At the base are two 8x13 single line sona patterns connected at the bottom. The numbers 8 and 13 were chosen as these are virahAnka-hEmachandra (Fibonacci) numbers (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,...). Any growth in nature involves such numbers. Since sankrAnti or pongal is a harvest festival of nature, this choice, I believe, is apt. This is color-coded by pink in the dots figure and has 215 dots. On this base is a simple common pattern in light and dark blue. It has also four little lamps at the corners. 21 dots were used for all these.
2) At the two ends are two stylized pieces of sugarcane, indicated by violet color (22 dots each). It is made with a single line.
3) At the center is the pongal pot ( brownish orange) with a blue chikku kOlam as a decoration and reddish lines. The pot has 133 dots. On the top of the pot are the greyish white "bubbles of prosperity" with 31 dots. The pot outline has two lines of the same color. The blue decoration has only one line. The small red dots form the red decorative lines.
4) At the bottom of the pot, on either side is a single line lamp as seen sideways. Each lamp has 7 dots. The color code is dark brown.
5) Since sankrAnti is a sun festival marking the northward movement of the sun (unfortunately late by nearly 21 days and sad to say, we are still following the wrong date), on either side of the pot is a chariot pattern with the red sun in the center. Each chariot is made of 56 dots. This is in light and dark brown lines.
6) Above the chariots are the svAstika symbol, clockwise (savya) and anti-clockwise (apasavya). I included the reverse svAstika sign for two reasons -(i) to preserve the left-right symmetry, and (ii) sankrAnti is not only a festival day of joy, but also a poignant day of remembrance for the departed souls, which is generally observed in the "apasavya" fashion. These are in red. Each has 25 dots.
All the chikku patterns are of the woven type (up and down lines). The conception, drawing and execution took about ten hours spread over a few days. Since in the announcement there is no mention of any "medium" or "powder-only", I am submitting this pattern and I hope it will be accepted.
I am sure you will all enjoy this symbolic drawing for sankrAnti and pongal.
I wish all other contestants a very merry time!
Regards! - mOhana
Distribution of dots (total dots in the rectangle 35 x 29 = 1015, sugarcane 22x2 = 44, base 13x8 =104x2 = 208 + 7 = 215, central pattern on the base 17, lamps 7x2 = 14, sun 25x2 = 50, chariot 56x2 = 112, pot 133, bubbles 31, total dots used 614)