Even before the first rays of the sun are visible on the horizon, at least 10 million Indian households sweep and clean their door entrances and draw picturesque and colourful designs called rangoli or kolam outside their houses. The word ‘rangoli’ is derived from ‘rangavalli’ – ‘rang’ means colours and ‘valli’ means creepers and together it means a row of colourful creepers. It is generally believed that rangoli/kolam are drawn to welcome Lakshmi the Goddess of Wealth into the house and also to ward off evil spirits.
These designs evoke a sense of geometry, creativity, sensitivity and beauty and is considered as an important form of artistic expression. As an art form, rangoli/kolam teaches one patience, endurance and determination. It also enhances creativity, concentration and confidence.
Ms Vijaya Mohan will be conducting hands-on rangoli-making workshop as well as a share its history and significance from its origins to the practices here in Singapore.