Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Rangoli for Republic Day

Here is one more. This is also very easy.
This is 11X11 block. Join as above.
Try it and let me know.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Republic Day Rangoli

Here is one Rangoli for our  Republic Day  celebrated on 26th January. This one is very simple.
In center I have used a 5X5 block and then extended on all sides as shown in the photo. Place the dots, join them and fill with colours. I have written JaiHind in three languages around the flags.

How do you like it? It is very simple and easy to draw as well as takes less time even for colouring.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Rangoli with GIMP

Y-Knot on her blog Y-Knot Blog has experimented with Rangoli designs using GIMP. They are so beautiful. She started with those Rangolis which are drwan using lines. Now she has started with those using dots. 

They are so beautiful. Alas I don't know how to work with GIMP. I am tempted to learn it because I feel one can create so many new designs out of one design by using this method. For now I don't have that much time to learn. But after looking at her creations, I am tempted to learn it.

She has done a great job. I am just amazed at her creativity. the designs look very different too. But I feel some of them are very difficult to actually draw with hand. 

Any way just follow the link and see the beauty of her creations, how she has played with them. I was very much tempted to post some of her photos but I could not wait till I took her permission...I was dying to write about her creations...So here is the link.

Thanks a lot Y-Knot. They are just very beautiful creations. You are one talented person. I will try to keep on posting some different designs so that you can experiment with them. I loved going through your designs.


I have not completed my Sankranti Muggulu series. Those are the designs specially meant for the festival of Samkranti. That I am going to post later.

But for now a simple one.

17 to 1 straight dots. This is easy to draw and for filling colours too.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday- Free Patterns

I could not post last Friday. However here is one pattern here for you.
                      Free Pattern
This is again a folk or tribal pattern from Bengal. This looks like a horse to me. But I am not sure. Still it is looking cute. Looks good whether painted or embroidered.

This would look great for children's clothes. But I feel it would look great on saris or blouses if you want that ethnic look. 

Try it out and show us the result....


Hello to all my friends and visitors. I was busy with the festival and also all my friends and family came together to celebrate this festival of Sankranti at my place . We kept it very low key in view of the sufferings of all those farmers of my state, who lost their crop due to heavy rains. This being a Harvest festival, we just could not celebrate with our brothers and sisters of farming community suffering heavy losses. We all prayed for their happiness and better crops at least next time. 

But we enjoyed our get together-talking, sharing, planning...Well celebrations means all this not just some rituals.

I am also suffering from severe back and shoulder pain. So it was difficult for me to type. Now its a bit OK. So I will try to post. I have so much to share with you all.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Sankranti Rangoli-3

Here are some more designs.
This is one of the square designs. I have kept it very simple. I will post more elaborate ones later. See how the four horizontal and vertical lines have been used. 

Here are two more simple but small designs;

These two small designs are known ad "Gade"  in Telugu. Gade means granary-the place where they store the grain after harvest till its use. Why these designs  are so called I have no clue. A granary in South India is made of bamboo and coated with mud with a slanting top above. The top may be covered with dry grass. 

Since India is a country of villages and most of our lives are very closely associated with agriculture, it is no wonder that the things like the tolls used for farming, cattle etc-related to agriculture form part of our Rangoli designs.  This is one example.

How intricate these designs look. Again I have kept them very simple. They can still be developed upon to get a bigger Rangoli. I will post bigger versions of these some time

So Keep watching my blog for more interesting designs...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Sankranti Rangolis-2

This is second in the series of Sankranthi Muggulu. But before posting next series, I want to answer a question raised by Sri Sandhyagaru. 
  • The Designs drawn using lines (straight, horizontal or criss cross lines) are known as Dravida Muggulu or the Rangolis of Dravidians. This sort of designs are also drawn by the people of Tamilnadu during this auspicious month which they call it as Margazhi. 
  • However some special designs which are drawn during this month and also during the four days of festival are peculiar to Andhra region. 
  • These designs were once drawn during the entire month before Sankranti festival, including Sankranthi. Also on Ratha Sapthami day, which comes after Sankranthi, when the Sun is worshipped.
Thanks a lot Sandhyagaru and other friends who are appreciating my work. I want to keep this art form alive for next generation.

Now for the next series of designs.
These are small designs but a bit bigger than those posted in my previous ones.
This can actually be further improved upon depending on the space and our creativity.
This is one of the designs I drew. I have just put some turmeric and flowers
This is a square design. Here too I have put some turmeric, red coloured vermilion, flowers and red berries. These Rangolis are not coloured.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Sankranti Rangolis-1

India as you know is a country of villages with agriculture as the main occupation. Many of our rural folk are dependent on agriculture and its allied branches like cattle, poultry etc. No matter what all our lives are still related to those roots-our villages and our lands either directly or indirectly.

Sankranti is a very important festival for all South Indians. Specially so for the people of Andhra Pradesh known as Andhrulu who speak the language of Telugu. This is basically a festival related to agriculture. We can call it as harvest festival. Crops like rice, sugar cane, pulses, turmeric, castor, groundnut, sesame etc which are grown in my state are harvested and the granaries are full of grains. Rural folk are now free for some time from all those chores related to farming and agriculture till next cycle of farming activities. So it is a good time for celebrations.

Sankramana means the Sun entering a Zodiac sign. Sun enters one Zodiac Sign and remains there for a month. He finishes his tour of all signs in a year. The month Sun stays in the Zodiac sign Sagittarius is considered very auspicious. This falls in middle of December and continues till mid January. This month as I have already written in one of my posts is known as Dhanur Maasam. 

During this whole month, though it is winter time and quite cold, women of the house get up very early  in the morning. They clean the front yards and sprinkle cow dung mixed in water. When it dries, elaborate and beautiful designs  are drawn using rice flour or lime stone powder. All this has to be completed before Sun rise.

These designs are known as Muggu in Telugu. These are drawn for Lord Vishnu (one of the Trinities) who is said to visit Earth (during this auspicious month) early in the morning   before Sun rise. It is believed that the beautiful designs, beautiful surroundings attract Lord into our houses. So while drawing these designs, one of the Lords 1000 names, or any Mantra is chanted silently. Some people also sing songs praising the Lord. 

There are some designs specially drawn during this month. These are known as Sankranthi Muggulu or Nela Muggulu. Nela means month and Muggulu means the designs. These designs have some symbolic meaning depicting the spiritual and religious meaning of this festival on one hand and reflect the various aspects of the life of the rural folk on the other hand.

I feel very sad that most of these designs have been lost. Over the past two decades or so, women are drawing those huge fancy designs using dots as these can be filled with colours. Traditional designs are almost now not known to younger generations.

However the traditional designs drawn on this occasion are drawn using lines. No dots are used. Long thin tube like structures made from tin, iron or bamboos have a set of holes (8 to 9 rows) in them. These are known as Muggu gottaalu (tubes). These are filled with the white powder(rice or lime stone) and rolled on the floor. Dotted lines are formed on the floor. These are joined to get the desired shape and design. Experts of these designs draw directly with out the help of these tubes.

These designs are intricate and geometrical in nature. Two four or more parallel lines are drawn to get square, rectangular,  triangles and circles. Then they are further modified or improved upon to form very beautiful and intricate designs. Thin lines and drawn as near to each other as possible spells out the expertise of the artist.  Straight lines and curved lines are used.

Designs contain geometrical patterns, twigs containing leaves, grain ears, creepers or vines, vegetables like pumpkin, onion, gourds etc, sun, moon, stars  animals or birds which are vehicles to Gods and Goddesses like, peacock, tortoise, snake, tiger, lion,  mats, chairs or thrones, chariots  are drawn to welcome and seat the Gods and Goddesses. These represent the daily life of the rural folk. 

The most important design is Chariot. I will write about each design as I post them starting from today. Here are some:
These are the horizontal or vertical parallel lines and a mesh of these two lines used as base for drawing designs.
Here four horizontal and four vertical lines have been used to draw a small design.
One more design using the horizontal and vertical lines.
Here I have drawn using the powder on floor. Drawing on paper is quite easier than on floor.

These are very basic designs. I have drawn very simple and small designs. You will be amazed to see how big and intricate designs are drawn using simple parallel lines. 

These designs are then decorated using red or yellow earth as well as flowers, turmeric and vermilion.

Practise these small ones. I am going to post more bigger and intricate designs in my next posts.

Monday, January 10, 2011


Floral Rangoli

I seem to end up with Rangolis using 13X7 dots. While I am drawing one design, ideas flash through my mind. So immediately I try to put them on paper lest I forget. So I end up posting designs with same set of dots :). But I think I should post designs of different themes, sizes and shapes. I will keep this in mind in future.

First place 13X7 dots.

Join the dots as shown 
Another way of drawing it.
Decorate it with borders on two, four or all six sides to enhance its beauty.

More to come so keep a watch on my blog....

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Friday- Free Patterns

Sorry friends I am late once again in posting the Free Pattern. But here it is..

This design was inspired from the designs sculpted on to the walls of temples. This is a floral design, classic one.

It can be used as a single motif on blouses, tunics, tops etc. It can also be used as multiple motifs for the sari pallus etc. Chain Stitch, Satin Stitch, Running Stitch can be used. it can also be used for fabric painting.

Hope you like it.

A Request

Oh I wanted to post some very special Sankranthi Muggulu used during this month of Dhanur Maasam. Well, one thing is I have forgotten most of them. So I need to recollect. My stash of all those old note books, cuttings from papers - mine, my mothers and granny's and also my aunts are all some where. I need to search them and put them all together in one place. This means I have to wade through a very dusty and huge dump of papers books and what not. The little time I am getting these days, I feel so lazy. Its very cold-unusually cold here and I feel like taking rest instead of organising my paper cuttings and other things.

Secondly I need to write on different patterns and what they mean. For that I need to do a little research. This is difficult as these days most of the people go in for the more stylish designs on various themes drawn using dots. these designs are easy to colour and look beautiful. But the actual special ones drawn using the help of lines are more geometrical and cannot be filled with colours. Though they have a beauty of their own, todays generation have almost forgotten them. They have special significance -religious, traditional and symbolic. We can still find them in front of some houses in small towns and villages. But I could not visit my native place during this time.

Well I am going to first post all those I remember. I will search for my collection. However, I request those from Andhra or other Southern States who have knowledge of these special designs to kindly send me those designs to my email id and any thing about them (what they mean, why they are drawn etc) you can share. 

I am collecting those old forgotten designs specially meant for Dhanur Maasam and Sankranthi. I would be really grateful if you can send me what you know. I want to preserve them for the next generations. Already a lot of such designs have been lost. So please help me.

Keep track of my posts as I am going to post those special designs from now on...


One more Rangoli on Six Pointed Stars. This is a bit geometrical. Again 13 X 7 dots placed in between as follows:
Then join as follows
I have added the blue arches out side the dots. That is they have been drawn with out dots. Hope you like this design. This is easy to draw and great one for filling colours...

More to come so keep a watch on my blog....

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Here  is one more Rangoli. Six pointed Stars.

This is 13X7 dots placed  "in between" like this:
Then join as shown above.   This is very easy to draw. This is also great for filling colours.

Hope you like it.

More to come....Keep a watch on my blog......

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Here are some simple Rangolis again. 5X5 dots for each block
One block

I have used these blocks here by placing them separately one near another without combining.
Another design slightly modified.
Here I have combined the dots of each block with other. That is one row or column of dots are shared between two blocks.



I wanted to post so many Rangolis. But I had some problem with my camera. Any way now that I have got it rectified, I will be posting more Rangolis. Especially since Pongal is nearing more so.

Here are some Rangolis which are Geometrical. I could draw only few designs that too smaller ones. I din't have time to pen bigger ones. These are easy to draw and good for flats and houses with lesser space in their front yards.

These are 5X5 dots.

These blocks can be used as such or combined with other blocks or designs to form new ones. I will try to post some more bigger ones next time.

Hope you like them.