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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. I was, and am suffering from depression and things had gotten out of control. I had chronicled it in my posts, but I have removed them. Not because I wanted to hide that facet of my life; if that were the case, I wouldn't be writing this. But I was lucky to come across many, many wonderful people out here who helped me. Even if it was just to post and tell me I wasn't alone. I can't tell you how thankful I am for all of you. I've tried since, to tell my own story as an attempt at catharsis (didn't work) and as a means of telling others that they weren't alone either, not in their depression, nor in their cutting or burning, nor in their thoughts of and attempts at suicide. 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 dark 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. 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. I am a depressive, have been for some time, so some things do trigger me for no rhyme or reason; I don't expect anyone to understand that this happens, just maybe accept that it does. If not, I am sorry.


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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