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The Celtic Art Coracle Volume 1 Issue 4
Rangavalli -  P.B.Bairi (continued)

Rangavalli which is an important part of the human arts is painted on the floor. It is drawn at the place of worship, main entrance to the house, Arathies, on some occasions near the leaves spread for dinner, etc. Some types are used for particular weekdays. Many designs are associated with particular poojas, Vritas or some social occasions like Nagapanchami, Rathasaptami Onam, the worshop of the Sun God, Laxmi Pooja, Shanipooja, and marriage ceremonies. Many types of Rangavalli are freehand designs. Many are geometrical designs consisting of triangles, circles, hexagons, squares, rhombus, etc., formed by means of lines joining the dots put in rows. Many designs are abstract forms or decorative units derived form the study of natural objects such as leaves, creepers, birds, animals, etc. Some are very simple and small and some are are very complicated and large. These traditional designs are handed down from generation to generation as a treasure. Designs are done by hand with admirable ease, never with instruments or brushes. Rangavalli powder is taken between the thumb and forefinger and the beautiful lines are drawn and spread out. Another way of colouring is by holding the coloured powder in small bundles, so that the fine powder falls and fills the proper forms made up of white lines. Some women draw two or three parallel lines simultaneously by gently allowing the powder held within the fist to drop through the crevices between the fingers. The onlookers are happily surprised to see the artistic skill, memory power and cleverness of even the most illiterate women of Indian villages. By observing this we can know the existence through the ages of a highly developed aesthetic sense and artistic life among our peoples.
copyright B.P. Bairi, 1976 Udipi, Chitra Kutira

The Celtic Art Coracle Vol 1
Contents Coracle Press 1983
ISSN 0828-8321 
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