Margazhi kolangal / kolam for Margazhi

Kolangal for Margazhi season

The next important 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.
kolam-designs-1-a.jpg Definitely an  important time of the year for ladies to showcase their talents in drawing kolam.
Let us start celebrating the spirit of Margazhi with some kolam designs

kolam-designs-1.jpg    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.

kolam-designs-2.jpgkolam-designs-2-a.jpgThe next kolam below 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 image below shows the kolam below in its initial stage.                                                  
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.

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.



An image showing filling up the elephant kolam with colours.

The elephant kolam design is a popular kolam with dots found in public domain.  It is also a popular kolam in our family.  Just as we have "family song" in our movies, there are some rangolis with dots that have been  popular in our family for decades.  This is one of them..  Another using birds has been shown in an earlier post.  More will follow in the future. The dot pattern for this rangoli is 21 to 1 (ner pulli).  First draw all the elephants one by one.  Then the central floral design is drawn and the remaining dots are filled with floral designs.  Finally the colours are filled and remaining gaps are filled with some colour, brown in this case.  Free hand decorations of the elephant are done to complete the kolam.With 21 dots this can be classified as a big kolam with dots.  A rangoli design resembling the claws of a crab called Manrakappa with 21 dot to 11 dot is in New Year and Pongal Kolam. Another kolam with 19 dots is in kolam designs with birds

Floral decoration ideas in Rangoli-sans-dots are in flower decoration   
This post on free hand kolam (of course the last one is with dots) is in continuation to many designs posted for Karthigai, Diwali and Navaratri festivals. However Margazhi is probably the most important so far as kolangal are concerned.