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Rangolis inspired by Maharashtrian rangoli with dots


Rangoli designs are popular is various states of India. Each state has its own style and each style its own beauty.  While kolam including sikku kolam is unique to Tamil Nadu, rangoli designs with dots with square dot grids are unique and the beauty of rangoli designs practised in Maharastra.  Some rangoli designs inspired by Maharastra rangoli with dots based on the feed back from my sister who lives in Mumbai.

The first rangoli in this series of rangoli inspired by Maharatrian rangoli - a lotus design. It is common lotus kolam design that is drawn during Margazhi and Pongal in Tamil Nadu.  Obviously even when I try designs I am not very familiar with there will be some influence of my style.  After all as my husband says - Regimentation suppresses creativity.

Lotus rangoli with 15 dots 

The dot grid used is 15 by 15. After placing the dot grid  identify the centre of the dot grid and draw the geometric shapes representing petals.  Then identify the central dot in the last row and draw the petals of the lotus as shown.  Actually once we start this rangoli, the dots will seem to show up and ask to be connected!.
After drawing the four lotus patterns the remaining patterns at the four corners can be drawn according to our imagination.  Draw a petal at the base of each lotus to make it appear more natural.  There are four remaining dots at the centre.  I have used them with some circles and dots as shown.  Fill with pink lines for the lotus.  
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Yet another rangoli with 15 by 15 dot grid using a number of straight lines that is usually drawn for the festival Ananta Vratha and appears to have the influence of Maharashtrian rangoli with dots with two photos showing the intermediate steps are shown below.  The result a beautiful rangoli design.  Through simple steps and simple patterns it is possible to get beautiful designs in this type of rangolis.  I hope to add more of them in future.

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The rangoli  design below is 7 dot grid type, the dot pattern being 7 by 7.  The four pink petals are drawn followed by the four patterns in red and pink being drawn.  The four slightly curved lines filled with yellow and blue delineate the central and outer parts.  After filling all the colours the patterns with white rangoli powder are added to complete the design.  The thumbnail gives a clear picture ( I think ). The image  may be helpful for those who need it for reference.  My sister,  discussed the rangoli with dots drawn in Maharashtra as a result there may be some influence of Maharashtra rangoli with dots in this kolam design too
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rangoli designs with five dots 
easy rangoli designs for beginners

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