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

This is also our cultural wealth. Pleasing, symbolic, fantastic and interesting names are given to various patterns of Rangavalli such as Gandabherundo, Keverikunda, Garuda, Parrot-Beak, Tender Mango Fruit, Sita's Hair Braid, Bilwa-patre, Kalimandu, Firegod's Tongue, Rama's Throne Tortoise, Parijata, Vrindavana, Chariot of Lotus, Lion's Eye, Swastik, etc.

Sri Jagannathadas by his skill in rangavalli was famous as Rangvallidass. His followers Sri Pranesha Vittal and other leaders of the "Dasakoota" were said to have expressed their sublime feelings through Rangavalli thus giving visual forms to their lofty thoughts.

Interest in such an art of universal appeal is dwindling. It is in a decadent and moribund condition in these days of modern civilization which looks down upon it as the work of some household women only. There may be some people who value the spiritual value or beauty in these folk arts. A revival of interest in this indigenous art is necessary. It has qualities which are well worth preserving. There is every possibility that if the interest is not revived, gradually this art may be lost or will linger in decadent form. Being interested in this branch of art I had collected Rangavalli designs and developed new types based on those traditional principles. It was a desire that this art must be published just as the folk songs.

The execution of these designs is done with simple materials which are found in local areas and cost next to nothing. The ingredients are rice powder mixed with water or powdered quartz - a kind of white stone. It is therefore generally white in colour. On special occasions different colours and materials are used. They are dry powders produced from soils of different colours, leaves, plant roots, bark of trees, coloured stones, corns, etc., available locally and easily. It is an interesting feature of some festivals.

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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