Photographer's Note

Rangoli : This is a bit different kind of an image.This is called Rangoli in North India.The use of colors to make meaningful designs on the floor on special days.This Rangoli was made on the day of Diwali at the Indian Institute of Technology,Kharagpur by students of the institue. The theme of the Rangoli was an excellent choice.This particular group of students chose to highlight environmental hazards to save the Earth from destruction.The small lamps by the borders signify the occasion of Diwali.

Sometidbits about Rangoli:

Rangoli is a folk art from India in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand or flower petals. It is usually made during Diwali, Onam, Pongal and other Indian festivals. They are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities.The ancient symbols have been passed down through the ages, from each generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive. Similar practices are followed in different Indian states: in Tamil Nadu, there is Kolam in Tamil Nadu; Mandana in Rajasthan; Chowkpurna in Northern India; Alpana in West Bengal; Aripana in Bihar; Chowk pujan in Uttar Pradesh; Muggu in Andhra Pradesh and others.

The purpose of rangoli is decoration, and it is thought to bring good luck. Design depictions may also vary as they reflect traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area. It is traditionally done by women. Generally, this practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations and other similar milestones and gatherings.

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