Margazhi is also important due to the fact that the English New Year falls in this month and the month ends with Sankranti. Since our family lives in Tamil Nadu, we are lucky because we celebrate the English New Year, Ugadi (New Year celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra) and of course the Tamil New Year. On the new year's eve we find many rangolis big and small welcoming the new year. The words "Welcome 2013" or "Happy New Year 2013" will be written on the periphery of many Margazhi rangoli heralding the arrival of 2013. Margazhi ends with Sankranti celebrations. It is celebrated for four days in Tamil Nadu. The first day is Bhogi, 2nd day is Thai Pongal, 3rd day is Maattu Pongal and the 4th day is Kaanum Pongal . Apart from other festivities rangolis play a very important role in celebration of Sankranti or Pongal.
Butterfly rangoli with dots and free handThe rangoli above is the first in our series ( I have not decided , how many) for New Year 2013 through Sankranti. It can be drawn free hand or with dots. The image above has been drawn without dots. It is a design with four butterflies and four flowers. The centre filled with pink and green patterns. The flowers have been filled with two shades of blue. The gaps have also have rangoli powder preserved by me after erasing a design (hence the different colour in the back ground.) The dot pattern is 13 dots to 1 dot, ner pulli. I have added the rangoli with dots. However I have drawn it with parallel lines instead of a single line version. It reduces the use of colour rangoli powder!. This version is also called double stroke kolam as two lines are drawn simultaneously.. Place the dots grid or template. Draw the butterflies and flowers first. Use the balance dots to get the image below. Add colours with lines parallel to the two parallel lines!. Rangoli designs with dots and those without dots are beautiful in their own way. So far as symmetry is concerned I think the level of difficulty is the same. The two images below show two intermediate stages of the butterfly rangoli to give a visual idea of how to proceed with this rangoli. If it is difficult to draw with parallel lines we can draw a single line design first.
The first rangoli in this post and almost all rangolis in the previous post - Margazhi kolam collection demand a lot of filling up to be done with rangoli powder of various colours. Hence for a change, the rangoli below simple with very few colours, a simple rangoli or rangoli border for New Year 2013. Three simple floral designs are drawn and filled with colours as shown on the top of each one simple motifs are drawn.
On the top a simple freehand rangoli with parallel lines but of two different colours for Margazhi kolams. (Margazhi is still not over!). The lines have been drawn simultaneously, as we do in plain rangolis with parallel lines but we have to use rangoli powder of two colours. It can be expanded with designs using white rangoli powder also. Two images showing the stages in drawing this rangoli
This rangoli above on the right drawn using the above method i.e drawing parallel lines with two colours. . Drawing a rangoli or kolam with parallel lines requires some practice. Drawing parallel lines with two different colours requires more practice. What is important is picking the colours and allowing the rangoli powder to flow through the fingers. Once it is achieved the lines as shown in the thumbnail above can be drawn. The colour combination including yellow makes suitable for festivals like Basant Panchami for which yellow is an important colour.
Kolam with sugarcane and Pongal pot
Pongal paanai kolam with dots
Pongal paanai kolam without dots
Festival - Ratha Sapthami
Rangoli or kolam designs with dots are there