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India's 5000 year old art of Rangoli

Discover the colourful ancient Indian art of Rangoli, a tradition dating back nearly 5000 years.

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Rangoli, an ancient art form originating over 5000 years ago, serves as a means of enlightenment and welcoming Hindu gods into households. Passed down through generations, this folk art involves intricate designs that can take hours to create. The term "rangoli" is derived from the Sanskrit word "rang," signifying color.

Artisans use various materials like powdered limestone, sand, flower petals, and colored rocks to craft these designs, featuring geometric or floral motifs, with Arabic designs adding intricate complexity. Traditionally, rangoli designs were small and placed outside home entrances, but an artist named Swami introduced larger-scale renditions.

Diwali, a significant time of year, witnesses the widespread display of rangoli outside Indian households, symbolizing the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and wisdom over ignorance.

These designs not only honor the cultural tradition of welcoming the goddess Lakshmi but also serve as expressions of beauty for others to admire.

Vocabulary:

• Enlighten: To give knowledge or understanding to someone; to make something clearer or easier to understand.

• Intricacy: The quality of having many small parts or details that are arranged in a complicated way.

• Triumph: A great victory or achievement.

• Rendition: A performance or interpretation of something.

Source: Great Big Story

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