What is Rangoli (Rice Art)
A traditional Rangoli is a Mandala, which is a geometric pattern from the Vedic tradition that represents the cosmos and universe. In its essence, a Rangoli is a microcosmic model of the greater universe. It serves as a spiritual tool to focus the attention of its practitioners and helps towards establishing a focused and sacred space.
Objective of rangoli
Objective of rangoli Rangoli is one of the prominent features in Indian homes. It can be simple or elaborately drawn in front of the main entrance. Apart from its aesthetic appeal, Rangoli holds immense spiritual and scientific significance. In India, Rangoli is not just for special occasions but also a part of everyday life. The curves, twists, lines, dots and various geometric shapes reflect some of the most profound truths of the universe.
1. Universal coexistence
Indian traditions are meant to bring harmony among all the elements of nature. Humans, being part of the universe, are supposed to co-exist with all other creatures on earth. Rangoli is a small step towards achieving this sort of natural synchronization. Traditionally, the white powder that is used to draw line and dots is nothing but powdered rice. This serves as a way of inviting little ants, birds and insects to a feast and symbolizes acceptance and coexistence among different life forms. There is another interesting and more practical use of using rice powder. With the little insects and bugs satisfied with food at the door, they don’t enter the house. If you browse through pictures Indian homes of olden days, you can find Rangoli not just at the main door, but also at every door of the house
2. Screen out negativity
The second brilliant significance of Rangoli is that it acts as an energy filter. These beautiful designs are the first things that a catch the attention of visitors to your home. Humans are built in a very unique way. When you sense anything good, it creates positive energy in your body and diminishes the dominance of negativity. Rangoli ensure that when guests visit, they come with more positivity than negativity. This enhances well being your house
3. Internal peace and harmony
Rangolis do not just encourage harmony among different elements of universe. They encourage peace and harmony within you. How is that? Symmetry is the answer. Traditional Rangoli designs are always symmetric and symmetry has enormous influence on the mind. Every element of nature and the universe dwells on symmetry, including the moment of the planets and the milky way. Symmetric patterns are also more pleasing to the eye, especially a circle which is characterized by smooth surface without sharp edges. When you view such proportionate picture, the energies in your mind and bodies are soothed and you experience peace. So, it is no wonder that Rangoli is associated with well-being and prosperity. The prominent use of whites in these designs also has a very special significance. White is the colour you get when you blend in all other colours. This phenomenon can be seen when white light passes trough a prism and splits into a brilliant spectrum.
4. Physical significance
Rangoli is one of the first things that the women of the house makes early in the morning. Rangoli is never made on dirty places or without bathing, because it is considered sacred. So, the whole ritual of making a Rangoli, beginning from the women bathing early in the morning, cleaning the front of the house, sprinkling water and making the Rangoli is extremely purifying for the mind as well as the body. A human has to endure stress and hassles of running a household throughout the day. When the person experiences spiritual and emotional peace and balance, which increases the persons efficiency in running the household.
On the religious front, the goddess Lakshmi, who is considered to be the goddess of wealth and prosperity, it’s said to be attracted by the colourful Rangolis.
Pricing The charges for the Rangoli can be vary. The minimum charges are £650(non negotiable) for a 5×5 Sq ft Rangoli for a location in London. The price will change if the client based outside of London this is to cover travel and accommodation costs Price can be negotiate on a larger size Rangoli or service require for more then a day.
Material used Material used grown rice, semolina, glitter, food colouring and non –toxic colouring. (The colours are mixed and dried by hand 3 days before the artist displayed the Rangoli).
The timing to complete a Rangoli can be vary based on the size and design. (Hours or even days) Example – 5×5 sq ft. can take 30 minute to 2 hours.
The Rangoli is made of rice and its light just like sand. When the artist is doing a display the Rangoli should be based on smooth surface like floor, plywood and etc. (A smooth surface is a must). Secondly, The Rangoli should be displayed in area where it’s not too windy and secured from people walking on the Rangoli.
Once I’ve received confirmation of a booking, the client must sign the terms and conditions and pay 25% of deposit 10 days before the event, the remaining balance must be paid 24 hours prior to event by bank transfer. Please note the deposit is non refundable should the customer cancels the event.