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Chandigarh Carnival eight months ago – 15

These beautiful artworks below are breath-taking examples of the traditional Indian art form commonly called  “Rangoli”. You can find out more about rangoli here. Also called  Kolam, Mandana, Chowkpurana, Alpana, Aripana, Chowk pujan, Muggu, Golam kolam or kalam, it is a very popular form of folk art. These artists though, have elevated it far beyond its more modest, homely origins.

Just look at them and imagine using coloured powders and your fingers to create something this beautiful…..

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The unfortunate smudges made by people unwilling to believe these were truly Rangoli only serve to impress the ephemeral nature of art and the sheer brilliance of the artists who created these.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


6 thoughts on “Chandigarh Carnival eight months ago – 15

  1. I think I have ot come to the carnival . These are gorgeous !!!! Looks nothing like Rangoli.

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    Posted by thatmishmash | 23/08/2016, 2:49 PM
  2. Awesome. Never seen rangoli like this.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Indira | 17/08/2016, 10:14 AM
  3. I really appreciate these beautiful artworks! Thank you for introducing the Rangoli to us, Dr. Hb.

    Liked by 1 person

    Posted by Amy | 16/08/2016, 5:48 PM

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