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Margazhi kolam designs

Margazhi kolam 


Colourful kolam also for Deepavali / Tamil New Year/Navratri

latest kolam updates for Margazhi 2014 
Maargazhi matham or Margazhi maasam as we say colloquially is famous for kolam display and kolam / rangoli competitions that are held in many cities and towns in Tamil Nadu.  
These colourful  kolam can be accommodated where space is short .  So most are short free hand kolam designs though theoretically free hand rangoli or kolam can be expanded upto infinity ! After Margazhi comes Pongal or Sankranthi in Telugu.  Kolam or muggulu is an important part of the celebration of Sankranthi festival
This Sankranthi muggulu designs popular as a video in my kolam Channel can also be drawn as Diwali muggulu or daily muggulu without colours.
Navratri is also an important festival for decoration with muggu / rangoli.

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The two images below show how the muggu develops into a beautiful design.  They will also give us an idea as to how to proceed with this simple muggu. The central design with four triangles has curved lines originating from the centre of the base of the triangle.  All the lines originating from the base are connected and using brown colour muggu powder add parallel lines.  The muggu is further expanded with motifs or patterns on all four sides as also the gaps that are left.  Designs with white rmuggu powder and the leaf or petal like designs filled with red or orange colour enhance the image (!) of the muggu design.  Add green colour lines as shown and yellow patterns to complete the muggu pattern  This is a simple design but really very attractive when filled with colours and more beautiful when filled with the right colours.  I have used a colour combination that I think of mostly spontaneously.  There must be better colour combinations.  Probably you can try out your own to get a more beautiful design.  After all, there is no limit for our imagination.  These designs and posts are only to give ideas, one can apply her imagination to get a better design and more colourful one.

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Double line kolam for Margazhi


Margazhi is a season for grand and difficult kolam so we can try some double line kolam with colours to make the kolam more beautiful.  Though I can draw very big designs particularly in double line kolam as I do for Pongal every year , keeping with the theme or expectations in Rangolisansdots I restrict myself to small kolam.  Small or big, kolam means beauty and kolam is always beautiful what ever the size and whether with colours or without !
The rangoli below is one of the common designs drawn by me regularly and so it finds a place here.
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 Draw the central star design with parallel lines.  Then expand along the edges of the star, floral petals.  Connect the floral petals with parallel curves.  Then an outer design is drawn between these petals and finally the outermost border with curved lines and spiral patterns is drawn.  Follow the path of the white rangoli powder in the design to see how it evolves. The final image after the colours are filled up is shown above

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Rangoli - plain and with colour) are relatively simple to draw, can be finished in a few minutes but are comely. Regular geometric shapes like triangle, square, hexagon, octagon are routinely used in both free hand and rangolis with  dots. The second rangoli is a regular  polygon with 16 sides decorated with some freehand patterns to suit the basic design.The first one is a  star-based design decorated with simple designs at  the edges and  finally with some rangoli borders.  Applying  colours to both designs  is relatively easy as is seen from the images.

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The next kolam has a central floral design with eight petals ( looks like I use eight quite often).  The petals are decorated with a pattern at the top.  the kolam is covered with a double line rangoli border.  Colours are applied parallel to this rangoli border and also between the parallel lines in the design.  Finally using white colour the central floral design an the rangoli border is further decorated.  The result a beautiful kolam for festivals from  Dussehera.to Pongal through Deepavali !

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 The next kolam  has a number of geometric shapes resulting in the rangoli.  The design is decorated with a parallel line (straight lines) border that is further augmented with a red border.  The rangoli design has blue and white designs to further enhance the image (2nd one).  The outside of the kolam has many birds (!).  As I remember have written earlier, that is the easiest way of drawing a bird.  That is the liberty you have to give us when we draw kolam.

Apart from Margazhi , Navaratri till Dusshera is a joyous season and associated with kolam , particularly in Tamil Nadu.  Free hand rangolis is my style..  I also draw a number of double line or parallel line kolam .  Thekolam above is one more design with parallel lines.  First the central rhombus like shapes on the edges of a bigger rhombus are drawn.  The edges of the rhombus and the gaps between them are decorated with floral petals all with double lines.  Finally all the floral designs are decorated with simple borders.  Since it is a parallel line rangoli filling of colours is minimum as seen from the image.  The final kolam after filling the colours is shown in the image.   Though the method is simple, the kolam is quite attractive.
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The kolam above is a parallel line rangoli design that have already drawn and will also draw in the future.  Four pairs of intersecting lines using parallel line method are drawn.  From the edges the central floral design with petals and its extension are drawn with two parallel lines drawn simultaneously.  The outer side has a border decoration again with parallel lines.  This is augmented with simple patterns along the periphery.  The inside is decorated with semi circles and line of white and blue colours.  The flower is further made more attractive with dark blue and pink colours to get the final design.  


The next kolam design  is drawn with two parallel lines so it can be completed in very little time.  The central star design is quite common in rangoli designs.  It has been drawn with straight lines instead of the usual straight lines.  The edges of the star have floral  petals and from there the design is expanded according to our imagination. I have filled it with colours,  mainly orange blue and green. The orange and green combination on  a white rangoli make it suitable for use during celebration of Independence day or Republic Day.
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In case we would like to draw it for occasions other than Republic Day or Independence Day without colours or as an activity for colouring for kids the plain rangoli in white is given in the image below.


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Plain kolam drawn with single line or double line are also very beautiful.  Two sample kolam in white .  Both kolam have the same central pattern only that in the first kolam I have added peacock like patterns ( very simple and only a representation !) around and in the second kolam I have added birds and a few grapes like patterns.  These kolam can be tried for one of the days for Margazhi kolam.
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The third design evolves from a basic swastik design as can be observed from the rangoli.  The arms and the swastik itself  are expanded.  The design is then decorated with parallel line and single line curved lines on the periphery.  Some more simple patterns are added inside.  The fourth rangoli is also a swastik based one.  In fact if you observe it is an improvement of the third rangoli above.  The periphery of the rangoli is decorated with motifs with circular patters with dots inside drawn as a group the number of circles decreasing.  Again a single line border is added to get the image shown above.
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The double line kolam is a creeper like design  that can be drawn with single or parallel lines.  Since the rangoli expands from the centre (as in the case of most free hand rangolis) we should draw the petals design at the centre and then draw the arms between the petals. Two images showing how this rangoli expands from the central pattern outwards. through eight arms ( like an octopus !) The result from this double stroke kolam with many double lines is a maze.  Actually it can be made more complicated too ! Rangolisansdots is primarily for simple kolam designs that may be useful for learning this beautiful floor art form of India.

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After some parallel line kolam, the image above  is a different design I tried with just one colour added to a plain rangoli so that it looks some what like a double stroke kolam First draw the central hexagon pattern.  From the deges draw floral petals and between the edges draw the motifs as shown.  Finally add some curved lines above the motifs.  Using just one colour, blue draw the patterns inside the rangoli drawn with white powder.  Also add blue and white dots as shown.  The result is a different type of rangoli image, as shown above.  It is easy to complete these types because the entire rangoli is not filled with colours.  It is possible to draw kolam with parallel lines using two different colours also.

While parallel line kolam as they are called are some what uncommon and special kolam with three parallel lines are rare and special and can be categorised as difficult line kolam.  It comes with practice- manipulating the kolam powder with the fingers to get three lines that are drawn simultaneously and so are (somewhat ) parallel.  One such example using a simple design
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I have uploaded a video showing the method to draw a kolam using two different colours.  The same procedure for holding the powder on the fingers is to be followed for any design using kolam powder.  Only thing to be noted is that it is easier to draw with a single colour than with two colours.  So first try with one colour or white.  After achieving some level of proficiency with one colour we can try using two colours.


When ever my kolam podi, colour kolapodi that is  depletes I have to make necessary arrangements. I  opt for drawing parallel lines kolam  so that instead of filling up the designs or the gaps I have to add only colourful iines.  After all, necessity is the mother of all inventions - this is not an invention in  the literal sense, only an adaptation to the situation. 
  

kolam  - birds pattern mehndi rangoli

It is a free hand kolam - a bird design.  The bird kolam is drawn and  inside it we have some decorative patterns with the influence of mehandi designs. Outside there is a simple curved double line border with patterns inside and outside.  Unlike the mehandi designs I have drawn with rangoli powder so far this one I have used blue and orange colours in addition to white.

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 Poovidal or Pookolam  is a type of rangoli drawn in Kerala during the Onam festival celebrations. As the name suggests it is an arrangement of flowers to obtain a beautiful design. The fragrance of the flowers only helps augment the ambiance.  It is an important contribution by India to the collage of arts and crafts of the world. I should try some in  Rangoli-sans-dots in future.

Mehandi kolam / rangoli designs in white

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The   white mehandi rangoli design   is a totally different type of design and it does no conform to geometry or anything in nature.  I have tried some simple free hand patterns to which to spiral designs are attached outside and one inside.  The entire portion inside and on the spiral lines have some patterns on them that have been drawn spontaneously according to my imagination.  Hope it has come out well.Mehandi designs are drawn with mehandi cone that is available in the market.  I wanted to try with kola powder.  Rangoli-sans-dots is kolam without dots so what ever free hand designs are possible I would like to attempt and try to incorporate here.

Some more rangoli aka kolam with mehndi designs using some common motifs like paisleys
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In the image above is a colourful mehandi rangoli design with yellow, green and red colours.  Using rangoli powder draw designs including paisley patterns that are widely used in India (usually on sarees ). Draw the pattern at the bottom, fill with intersecting white lines, then draw the upper pattern including some floral patterns.  Fill the remaining areas with some patterns according to your imagination.

A simple kolam made beautiful by filling with colours



The kolam below is a simple design.  The central square is drawn and on all four sides motifs similar to bunches of grapes are drawn.  Floral designs all similar are drawn on the four edges and in between to get the image.  Colours have been added in the following method, the first row along the perimeter of the square has pink colour, the second one green and so on instead of using a single colour.
                                                   
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Usually, I fill the central portion with some free hand designs.  So this image has some simple patterns in the square at the centre.  Also decorating the "patterns on all sides of the square with white rangoli powder I think makes a fantastic change on the appearance of the kolam.  The three steps shown above give us options to stop the kolam at that stage if required.  One can compare all the four and decide what she wants.

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More colourful kolam free hand for Markali season - the season of kolam designs 


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The next kolam above has also been drawn ith double lines or parallel lines.  The basic central design is a rhombus with four chakras at the edges.  From here the rangoli is again expanded to get the design in the image.  Of course simple rangoli borders and some floral motifs have been added.  Like in the previous rangoli, the four corners have some designs, in this case lotuses.  The black and white images show the kolam  in its initial stage.   

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  This is how the completed rangoli below would look in the beginning when we start drawing it.   Draw the parallel and intersecting (oxymoron !) lines at the centre and connect them with petal like patterns as shown.    The kolam above is a beautiful floral design for Margazhi.  The entire kolam has been drawn with parallel lines drawn simultaneously.  The basic floral design with many petals has been evolved with floral designs and other motifs as shown above.  Finally a simple rangoli border has been drawn around the rangoli with some gaps to make it more attractive. Not stopping at this stage another rangoli border on the four corners has been added to this rangoli.  Filling colours is relatively, easy as the entire rangoli is not filled. Only in some areas inside the designs parallel lines are drawn.  The effect of using white and pink dots in the rangoli has given a different effect.  Usually I fill all the gaps with kolam powder that takes quite a long time.


Simple and different free hand kolam 


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 How to draw this simple kolam ? 


The  images above show how - they have been added though it is a simple design with the same spiral patterns repeating through out. Draw the square at the centre, fill up with a colour of your choice.  Then draw small spirals along the perimeter of the square, one row at a time.  Begin with 5, 6 or more spiral patterns depending upon the size of square and gradually reduce it to one.  It is a very simple free hand kolam design, can be done in very little time but will be beautiful and attractive to look at even without addition of colours.  Hope you enjoy drawing it!

The same kolam with some more decorations added between the arms.  All free hand designs only.  Actually this is some what like a traditional kolam, only difference is that those are drawn with straight lines and curves whereas this one is drawn with spiral patterns.  One needs a lot of patience to draw the spiral designs to see that all are as far as possible of the same size otherwise the entire design goes haywire!

 kolam for Margazhi a different idea.

                                                
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This free hand kolam is drawn using the following method.  As usual draw the design with rhombus at the centre.  From the edges of the rhombus develop the rangoli with curves on the edges and semicircular patterns linked to each other as shown in the figure.  Bunches of grapes are drawn on the outer portion of the design along the sides of the rhombus and the birds are drawn along the edges of the rhombus.  Fill the grapes with purple colours and the birds with pink colours.  Fill the central rangoli with colours of your choice and decorate it as you please to get the final rangoli.  Depiction of birds, fruits and other designs is made as simple as possible in kolam / rangoli.

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The kolam above is a free hand rangoli for rangoli seasons like Margazhi and Diwali. Please  notice the difference  in shading between this and the  other kolams at the  centre using light  and dark  purple hues.On the periphery, I have drawn birds up to the neck. (not  the idiom!) The method is as follows.  First draw the central design with four intersecting lines and connect the intersecting lines with two inclined lines each to get the basic central shape.  Develop the kolam to form a floral design around it.  Along the periphery of the flower draw eight birds upto the neck, simple designs drawn with hand.  Fill the kolam with different colours.  Use two shades of light and dark violet or purple to get the effect at the centre.  Use white kolam powder to decorate the centre and to give an appearance that each bird is carrying a fruit.  A different type of free hand kolam design with birds.
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 This kolam on thetop   is a also free hand design with four birds.  Though not as colourful as the birds found in nature it is a simple rangoli that an individual can try, practise and draw and that is the aim or Rangoli-sans-dots - to give ideas for simple rangoli designs that can be drawn by an individual.  Usually the very big designs that are seen in public functions are drawn by two or more people.  Even drawing this simple design and filling the colours may take  15  30 minutes.  So far as this kolam is concerned start with a square (pink ) at the centre.  Using each side draw the bird designs so that the body of the bird comes inside the square as shown.  This portion will be pink in colour and can be erased by filling  with colours blue, green, red to get the complete the bird design.     

 kolam  with rose buds.

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Another freehand kolam design  the latest variety in  kolam designs.  This rangoli was stopped at this level  due to constraints in space in the place where I usually draw.  Start with a hexagon  at the centre (it is not a regular hexagon i.e all sides are not equal) and  expand from there.  The periphery is adorned with rose buds (I have used purple hue to match the other colours but still  they are  rose buds !).  Between the  rose buds and the hexagon  the rangoli design is obtained  using  the patterns shown above.  Then fill with colours to delineate as shown.  I have used green colour to fill the gaps in the rangoli.   It can be treated as completed even without this because it takes around 15 minutes to do this.  This kolam will take a minimum of 45 minutes to complete but it is worth it.  Finally the patterns  with white rangoli  are formed.


A beautiful small kolam without dots with colour using rose buds


                                                
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After rangoli for Margazhi kolam collection and New Year and Pongal kolam. I have posted some simple rangoli with dots. I will update with some more kolam as and  when time permits.  ( Home-makers are also equally busy!!!). .  As we all  know,  sky is  the limit for drawing free hand kolam, we can keep expanding them if we did not have constraints of time and space and  of course patience.
Thekolam shown (above) with flower buds, I had actually drawn for Margazhi, but then I thought a dozen free hand rangoli would suffice for Margazhi and hence did not post this intially.   So here it is. Isn't it a colourful kolam for a special occasion like a special kolam for Margazhi?  The kolam - the basic central floral pattern is drawn and the gaps are filled with rose buds.  The entire arrangement is decorated with a simple border with some designs radiating outwards.  The gaps are filled with grey and light orange colours and buds are filled with different colours to get the final design.  Decorations with blue rangoli powder have also been made to enhance the effect.The next one above on the left,  freehand kolam - somewhat colourful like the colours of Holi ! These two rangoli designs above can be used decorate our homes for festivals like Janmashtami (or Krishna Jayanthi) and Deepavali, Navratri to give am awesome and grand look. . As usual draw the central floral pattern and expand along the edges with designs of your choice to get the final image.  The flower is decorated with designs between the petals as shown and above each designs with straight lines of white, pink and blue colours are drawn to match the colours of the central flower.  Two intermediate stages of this rangoli  in the images below.

Steps for drawing the beautiful rangoli shown above


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The two rangoli designs above can also be used for poo kolam design drawn for Onam.

Small kolam  for Margazhi

The rangoli / kolam, has a central floral design. The petals are further decorated with leaf like patterns an surrounded with a simple  border.   the border are filled with colours as shown.  The central flower after filling it with green colour has one more simple pattern drawn with white rangoli .  This kolam design was  will take 10 minutes to complete.

Colourful simple kolam for Margazhi 

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The kolam is probably among the first free hand designs I have drawn in Rangoli-sans-dots with a generous use of colours. I thought it would be an apt design  if one wanted a colourful but simple free hand kolam for Margazhi and so I shifted it here from its original place.   Draw the basic design with straight and intersecting lines to get the geometric patterns.  Along this draw a border with straight lines.  The edges of the rangoli are decorated with leaves.  Fill the rangoli with colours and also  with orange lines. Add some more colourful patterns inside with pink colours and rhombuses on the outside. Two kolam pics showing the steps in drawing this design.
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The kolam above is an intricate free hand design drawn first with white rangoli powder.  The circle at the centre has seven arms of odd shapes.  The gaps between the arms are filled with simple borders with two lines.  The rangoli is filled with different colours.  The gaps are filled with green colour.  Finally the rangoli is decorated inside and on the periphery with white colour. A beautiful rangoli for the festival season. Some of these designs may be suitable for those who want simple kolam but intricate one for Margazhi.

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  The kolam in the image is also a free hand kolam with two types of motifs used on the edges of the central design and between them.  Fill with bright colours, as such colours are associated with Diwali. The patterns used are rhombus and paisley types. The bright colours give an enhanced effect though it is a very simple kolam. Choosing the right colours also matters.  A combination like pink, red and blue add to it pink made a design attractive even if it is simple.   Ultimately beauty and awesomeness are more important in rangoli designs whether it is   simple or intricate.                                             
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Rangoli stencil  available in the market has been used to get the central  design. Place the stencil on the floor and using white powder fill up the stencil to get the central design.  After removing the stencil draw a free hand border with two parallel lines drawn simultaneously.  Around the border add four parallel line motifs on the sides and in the gaps - different patterns for sides and the gaps - are drawn.  The kolamcan be stopped this stage.  However I wanted to improve on it but make it simple.  So I added I used just one colour, green to get the design at the top. The green colour lines are added as shown between the white lines or parallel to the white lines.  They are also added to the central stencil design.  One more combination of stencil and kolam is ready.  A simple but different type of design.   The patterns chosen for the free hand part of the kolam should as far as possible match the design taken from the stencil There are 12 kolam below for Margazhi.2012  I liked kolam 9, 7, 5 and 4 and 3.  Hope you like all of them!! Please remember to like my Facebook page Rangoli sans dots.

Simple muggulu/ rangavalli with bright colours for Sankranthi

Around the same time when Pongal is celebrated Sankranthi is also celebrated both festivals are famous for kolam or muggulu or rangavalli as we say in Telugu.  So some colourful rangoli / muggulu designs for the Margazhi kolam / muggulu
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After a rangoli with different shades of green, this one with bright colours.  The rangoli  above in a s flower rangoli  for the festival season.  Draw the central flower pattern first with eight petals.  On the edge of each petals draw motifs of your choice and fill the motifs also with any further designs as shown.  Fill the central flower with bright colours like pink and the outer designs with red and other colours as shown.  The remaining gaps are filled with yellow.  Make some simple decorations with white and red rangoli powder to get the final design.  After completion the rangoli or rangavalli or muggu aka kolam ( what ever the name )  will be very attractive.

I understand that rangavalli is the name given to rangoli in classical Telugu.  Though names differ they are all essentially the same, beautiful and colourful designs drawn on the floor, daily and definitely during festival seasons like Diwali, Navratri and Sankranti (in Andhra Pradesh ) and Pongal in Tamil Nadu.  The rose smells as sweet even if it is called by any other name.  So also rangoli designs or rangavalli are all beautiful to see, to draw, to admire.
     
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This is the first rangavalli in this series.  It is also a floral design.  Draw the flower with orange petals (of course plain rangoli first) as the base.  Fill with orange colour.  Using white rangoli powder draw a simple rangoli border.  Inside the flower make more designs  and fill with blue, pink and green colours.  Finally draw white lines straight and curved, inside to get the design in the image shown above. The first   one took  some time to complete.  I had  to fill  it with colours of different shades.  Anyway it was worth it.  The second  is not the usual top view but a side view.  (I can not claim to be a professional photographer by any stretch of imagination as you would have observed).   The image on the left free hand rangoli without colours in white for practising as an activity.

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The next rangavalli in the image above, is a free hand rangoli design.  Actually it is an improvement of a rangoli design drawn elsewhere.  The rangoli is a very simple floral design however filling up with the various colours takes some time.  This rangoli has the patterns in white rangoli powder inside and on the border (with lines and dots ) added to get this image. In case you want to view this rangoli in the previous stage it is available in muggulu designs.

Simple free hand kolam for Margazhi

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The next rangoli in this series , a floral design with leaves.  I consider it to be a special design because I have used only green of different shades to give an awesome look to a simple rangoli design.  The central design is drawn with circles surrounded by a single line border.  Now add leaves of two different shapes on the outside.  Complete the kolam with flower petals.  Decorate it further with simple motifs or patterns.  I have used only two different shades of green to get the effect as in the image above.  Since it is a near circular pattern  Adding petals of different colours this rangoli can be used for a flower decoration drawn for Onam.


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The next two kolami drawn for Margazhi in the photos above.  It is a free hand design. First kolam -  Though it appears to be a simple design it may be confusing as to where to start and how to complete.  Draw the central rhombus and petals and other patterns around it.  Adding patterns of white and blue on the top is also easy.  Joining the remaining red patterns to complete the kolam.    

Second kolam - draw a simple free hand kolam as shown in the photo, filling up the entire kolam and the background takes time makes it a suitable choice for a simple colourful kolam for Margazhi.               


Colourful free hand Margazhi kolam for 2012

The next important season after Diwali season for rangolis is of course Margazhi (aka Dhanur masam).  It is natural that Rangoli-sans-dots has a few kolangal  for this season.  It is during this month that we see some of the most beautiful rangolis drawn at the entrance or on the streets (particularly in Tamil  Nadu) with most of passers-by having a look at those drawn.  They may cast a glance or assess them, look in amazement or in awe.  Some stand there for some time trying to learn the method of drawing those rangolis by looking at them.  It is common to see ladies standing near a rangoli discussing the dots patterns used or method to be followed in the case of free hand kolams.  What needs to be factored in is the climate that is relatively cold and some times misty in the early morning.  This does not deter the ladies nor does it dampen  their enthusiasm for thirty days in the month  of Margazhi.  Some draw  alone, some  with their daughters ( this is one of the methods through which this  art is passed on from  generation to generation), some with their relatives and  others in groups with their neighbours or acquaintances.  During this month, it is normal to hear devotional songs being played from places nearby as early as 4.00 am or people in groups going around the streets performing bhajans,.  As young girls we used discuss the rangoli to  be drawn in the morning,  the previous night itself  but kept it as a secret so that we could surprise all with our design ( or so we thought!). Many a time our mother vetoed us and she decided what was to be drawn. We sisters obeyed silently and helped in  completing the rangoli.  As the youngest, I was usually given the task of filling up the colours which I did with religious fervour.  If it was a kolam  with dots, the dots were placed by my mother because our dots were never in  a straight line!  After finishing the rangoli we went to the temple nearby to pray.
 Definitely an  important time of the year for ladies to showcase their talents in drawing kolam.

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Bright colours and the best kolam designs are associated with Margazhi and Diwali rangoli or kolam as we call them. Such colourful ( and sometimes elaborate ) designs can be drawn for weddings at the entrance for welcoming guests.  Hence dark and light pink, blue and yellow colours have been used in the kolam design with a central floral petal design below.  A simple but attractive design. Draw the floral design of the kolam at the centre with the eight pink petals.  Draw the contours in white in two layers.  Fill it with pink.  Between the petals add the patterns in green and red.  The gaps between the kolam centre and the border is filled with blue and pink patterns.  Finally place white dots on the pink petal designs.
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This is another free hand  kolam design for Margazhi.  The central square has motifs of my choice on four sides and on the four edges.  I have chosen some leaf like patterns in green and brown.  ( We may consider it as the life of a leaf - green and brown the next day.  Probably it signifies the uncertainty of the life of a rangoli or kolam - I did not have any such idea in mind when I drew it ! I just drew it ).  Between the leaves are the patterns in pink that are decorated with white rangoli powder.  The centre has two shades of blue Different shades of blue at the centre and green on the motifs at the edges have given an awesome effect! I think.
In the kolam below, designs are simple ones that can been drawn with dots or free hand.  Seven such
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kolangal are drawn surrounded by a kolam border drawn using leaves. The gaps are filled with kolam powder and that is time consuming.! Pink has been used for the central design nd red for the outer ones.The kolam design with two pairs of intersecting lines that are connectd with floral petals on the eight edges is a common and simple kolam, free hand design.  I have used them around a central kolam.  Instead of a border I have used leaf patterns for the border.
kolam-for-Margazhi-1c.jpgThis is  another free hand kolam.  Observe it closely to find four fish facing each other in this design.  The gaps between the fish are filled with designs of our choice.  Two shades of green and pink colours have been used for filling. How to draw it ? Draw the four borders around the fish first and connect them with patterns as shown in red and white.  Draw the fish kolam designs on the four sides facing the centre with white kolam powder. Fill the gaps with pink and two shades of green.  Filling the inside with dark green and the outside with light green gives a better effect than doing it the other way.Decorate the fish patterns with some colours. 
Some of the most colourful, most beautifully colourful animals are seen under the sea. In fact there is more colour under the sea than on land, I think.  What I have drawn is no comparison to what is found in nature.

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The kolam on the right is a very simple design.  It has filled with used rangoli powder that I carefully preserve.  The design has been completed with green colour to make it more beautfiful. I have drawn quite a few kolam designs using the kolam powder mixture from an erased kolam.  Almost all of them have been drawn with white kolam powder.  For Margazhi season I wanted to try something different in kolam, yet simple. The result the kolam design below.  The kolam powder mixture is of  greyish pink colour I have drawn simple patterns that are leaf designs in and around a basic geometric shape and have the edges have been finished with light green colour to give this beautiful and awesome effect. ( I think ). Two images at the white kolam stage showing the steps for drawing this rather simple kolam made impressive by adding colours and colourful lines. This may be used as a margazhi kolam small design.

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The kollam on the left is a simple free hand kolam design.  After drawing the basic kolam with white kolam powder, I have used a type of green and yellow colours to complete the kolamwith floral motifs, spiral patterns.  A simple but attractive design.  Though initially it may appear to be complicated it is a very easy design to draw.  As usual a rhombus at the centre ( looks like I depend on rhombus and floral patterns a lot for the central design ).  On the four sides the floral patterns with two petals connecting the side with a sepal are drawn.  A somewhat similar design is repeated on the edges.  The periphery is decorated with spiral patterns, straight lines and dots in white and yellow.  The green, yellow and white combination - in a free hand kolam - an awesome idea. Yes?The design above (right ) is drawn using kolam  powder used in the kolam below. When kolam drawn is erased or removed ( of course with a heavy heart ) the resultant mixture is of the colour shown  above.  Re-arrange the mixture to get a design of  your choice. Then make some simple decorations with white kolam powder and the result  is the design shown above. It is a combination of four birds and spiral patterns at the centre.
In case you are looking for some special kolam for Margazhi we can choose some of these colourful kolam

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The free hand kolam below is a lotus design with four lotus and four lotus buds pointing towards a simple floral design at the centre.  The rangoli design is covered with a simple rangoli border.  The gaps between the flowers is filled with blue rangoli powder to complete the design. Lotus designs are considered auspicious as stated some where else in Rangoli-sans-dots hence the kolamdesign below would be suitable for festivals like Navaratri, Varalakshmi Pooja and Raksha Bandhan. The different shades of pink for the lotus add to the awesomeness of the kolam design.

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The central kolam design is with geometric shapes like triangles, hexagaon etc..  However the colours used in this are different as is also the final design. Start with two inverted triangles to form a star like design.  From the edges add more triangles and other geometric patterns. Complete it with white and pink designs on the outside.  The colours chosen for the inside of the kolam - shades of yellow and blue and red for the triangles give a beautiful effect to the kolam design. A simple kolam, still two intermediate stages in black and white kolam pictures.  Actually I drew the kolam video much later in my Channel Rangolisansdots.  I have taken these thumb nail pictures from the video.

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The kolam above has some geometric patterns  resulting in a eight edges that are decorated with some motifs or designs.  The final image after applying colours .  The two images in black and white show two stages of this simple rangoli that becomes more beautiful when colours are added.  Though any design that is left plain and white is beautiful. If you compare this design and the previous one the central patterns are somewhat similar.

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The third kolam design in this series for Margazhi.  A simple kolam  design at the centre filled with orange and green  colours.  Floral designs (lotus-like) are drawn on the four sides with lotus or floral buds.  Filling up with rangoli powder of different colours as in this kolam takes a lot of time. I have used some motifs that I regularly use for kolam designs.  A Margazhi kolam that competes with few others in this collection.                                                  

Free hand kolam for Margazhi

festival-kolam-1.jpgThe second kolam in this series.  The rangoli has layers of flower designs starting from the centre to the periphery.  I have added purple and blue hues to get an altogether different appearance.  Finally with white rangoli powder the central simple design has been drawn. Start with the curved lines with curlicues at the centre.  Expand the kolam around this design with pink, green and shades of violet.  Fill the centre with blue.
The first kolam for Margazhi season.  A simple design with four motifs about a central design with four leaf
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like motifs in the gaps.  After filling the kolam with colours I have used white and blue colours at the centre to make it more attractive. Pink and white colours have been used in the outer designs . The decorations after completing filling up of colours that has been done with green , pink and white colours make it appear different from other designs that are left without these additions.                                                    
More rangolis  for margazhi are in the previous post -margazhi season and rangoli. and in my YouTube channel Rangolisansdots 

The rangoli on the right can be drawn with   11 dots to 1 dot pattern.

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Among the popular arts in India, mehendi needs a special mention.  It has been there for centuries. A few decades back, leaves of the henna plant were plucked and made into a paste and applied on the palms and  feet.  Now, commercial mehendi cones are available and intricate patterns are drawn on  the hands using them.   In a wedding, it is common to see mehendi decorations on the bride's hands.  Her friends and relatives also join the wedding celebrations by applying mehandi decorations on their hands.  It is called henna-tattoo  in the  West.

In this post I have uploaded many freehand kolam for margali ( I updated this post with many more kolam designs from my collection for Margali maadham ) .   I have tried to see that  all kolam are as unique as humanly possible.  Like Diwali this season is also one of my favourites.  In Tamil Nadu the entire  month (December 15 - January 15) is celebrated with joy as described earlier in Rangoli-sans-dots.   The New Year is also celebrated in  different parts of the world including India.  Christmas is also celebrated in many parts of the world during this  period.  At the end of margazhi you have Pongal in Tamil  Nadu,  Makara Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka.The transition  of the Sun to  the sun sign Capricorn is celebrated as Makara Sankranti.  Overall it is time  for celebrations and to  forget our worries and troubles for some time.  I have tried various designs and patterns in the kolam with colours sprayed on many of them, two are simple and have tried with just one or two colours.  As usual, they have geometric patterns, flowers (lotus, buds) , animals (fish) and a few symmetrical  designs. Probably, the kolam with geometric patterns have some influence of mandalas (literally a circle or cycle).  I think that some rangoli / kolam  (when viewed from the top) represent simple mandalas.      While the above kolams are for Margazhi and festivals like Navaratri in South India, in the northern part of India one can find such rangoli during Holi and Diwali.

Rangoli-sans-dots would like to share a few kolam designs for Margazhi 2012.   (Margazhi is the name of a month in Tamil Nadu, India )   To make it clear once more  Rangoli ( an art drawn on the floor in India ) is called kolam in Tamil Nadu.  It is a season for drawing rangoli designs in Tamil Nadu like Diwali in other parts of India.  Kolam or rangoli designs are drawn throughout the Tamil month of Margazhi usually starting on 15 or 16th of December and ending on 15 or 16th of January when the harvest festival is celebrated.  It is a joyous time for celebration - because it is spring time, people buy new clothes and make sweet dishes (Pongal ) with fresh harvest. Of course one must not forget sugar cane that is an important part of these celebrations.

Now that Karthigai Deepam is over next important season  for rangolis is the Tamil month of Margazhi.  During this month it is customary to draw a kolam every day at dawn in Tamil Nadu culminating with grand kolams on the last day of Margazhi and the first day of Thai (Tamil month).  The atmosphere in streets at dawn has already been described   I hope that this season is celebrated  with  the same festival fervour in many other parts of  India also. The rangoli in Rangoli-sans-dots a small offering to the thousands of ladies who wake up before dawn to draw the beautiful Margazhi  kolam.


(Update: I would like to upload colourful free hand rangoli for Holi and Diwali 2013!)

The mixture of  kola podi  (powder ) used for the kolam designs drawn so far has been preserved by me.  The result looks like a falooda ice-cream.  I do not want to waste it.  So I l use it in some designs  and to check the effect.  . Please try to identify where I  use the mixture for getting colour kola podi kolam.
Kolam with dots for Margazhi in Rangolisansdots

11 dots kolam 

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The rose kolam  and 20 plus kolam / muggulu videos from Rangolisansdots my YouTube is at Margazhi kolangal a playlist 30 minutes long