Kolam designs with dotsWhile free hand rangolis are popular in many parts of India, rangoli with dots called (pulli ) kolam in Tamil is popular in Tamil Nadu (chukkala muggulu in Telugu or pulli vecha kolam of Tamil Nadu ). This can be further classified into two types ner pulli kolam and idukku pulli kolam. Some of these kolam designs may be useful for Margazhi kolam too or if you are looking for Sankranthi / Pongal muggulu with dots.
9 pulli kolam - birds
The kolam above on the top is of 9 dot to 1 dot pattern kolam with four "colourful" birds. A simple design. Place the 9 to 1 dot template. Draw the central pattern and expand outward to get the wings Draw the head and crown and beak of the bird. The remaining dots at the centre are filled up with patterns as shown in the image. You can also decide your own pattern. There is some influence of free hand design in the birds and hence the combination of dots and free hand rangoli results in the image shown above. Some colourful lines have been added to parallel to the basic white design to get a beautiful and attractive rangoli. This rangoli may not appear to be simple, hence the photo above showing how to draw the basic patterns at the centre and around. From this the beak, crown and tail of the birds can be developed based on our imagination. Two pictures showing intermediate stages of the kolam. Drawing the wings is the only difficult part.
15 to 1 dot kolam design with deepam or lamp patterns or 15 pulli kolam (vilakku )
15 to 1 dot kolam with floral petals or 15 pulli kolam ( flowers )
Two intermediate stages of the colourful design above are shown to give an idea of how the kolam progresses from the dot grid to the final stage. As shown in the first image the floral patterns on the four corners are drawn and then the dots between the floral patterns are used with a pattern as shown. Of course we have the liberty to change the designs according to our imagination. For example some leaf patterns can also be drawn in these dots. The next image shows how the dots at the middle are used. Three dots on each side remain as shown. Refer to the final image with colours to complete the kolam design.
The next one is with 7dots to 7 dot pattern. A simple floral pullikolam design. . Again the outer designs are drawn and the remaining dots used to get the central design. The outer patterns can also be converted into birds or butterflies - the patterns on the four edges - as is obvious from the image. The images in black and white show two intermediate stages of the kolam design. The first one shows the dot pattern with the outer floral designs in three stages. The second image shows how the central designs are drawn. They give an idea as to how the kolam design progresses.
7 dots kolam with hibiscus and rose buds
15 to 8 dot simple kolam for apartments for Margazhi
11 to 6 dot common kolam for apartments
Common kolam designs
pulli deepam kolam or dot rangoli with lamps
Another variation of deepam kolam for Karthigai or Deepavali
Two more variations of deepam kolam with dots for Karthigai Deepam / Deepavali
This is the latest addition to this category of kolam with dots. The dot pattern used is 2 rows of 9, 1 row of 7 dots, 1 row of 5 dots and 1 row of 3 dots. Following the method given in the video below draw the blue and white patterns and then add deepam designs as shown to get a simple yet beautiful kolam design with lamps.
Another type of deepam kolam or diya rangoli with dots
Fish kolam with dots ( nature kolam theme a simple design)
Fish is another popular idea for rangoli designs. One of the simplest fish rangoli design I could think of is the one below. Place five dots radially around a central dot. We can have six or eight radial arms. Use the first dot and the last dot to draw the fish pattern outside the dots. The remaining dots inside are used as shown in the image. Finally all the fish are connected at the centre as shown in the rangoli. We can add colours to make it colourful. This rangoli ( though I have not added colours ) is an inspiration from fish that we usually see converge on food
Maavilai or mango leaf designs in kolamMango leaves ( or maavilai as it is called in Tamil ) patterns are used quite often in kolam / rangoli designs. One such simple design with a 5 by 5 dot grid. This is also there elsewhere in Rangoli-sans-dots ( under 5 dots and 7 dots rangoli designs ). Due to the relevance I have drawn it for Nature rangoli too. The rangoli has been shown in three steps
The rangoli has swastik at the centre and expanded further to end in petals. The periphery is also decorated with simple swastik patterns. After drawing plain, the petals and the pattern at the centre are filled with colour as shown in the image above. A simple free hand rangoli. These types are similar to maavilai kolam in Tamil. They are drawn with dots. I am trying to be honest to Rangoli-sans-dots and hence I have tried without dots!
When it is drawn with dots, The dot pattern is 7 dots at the centre, 6 and 5 dots on either side as idukku pulli and then one row of 3 dots each. As usual draw the design from the centre of the dot grid, add the petals or mango leaves and swastik patterns and finally fill with colours. Of course there is a small difference in the rangolis, the one at the top has eight petals while the one in the video has six petals. It is possible to draw a rangoli with 8 petals also. The video is in my YouTube channel. However, the two images below show intermediate steps for this swastik rangoli with 7 dots. ( Swastik is regularly used in Indian temples and puja for centuries ).
Continuing our discussion on maavilai the next rangoli is also a variation of the maavilai kolam (literally mango leaves). The dot pattern is 7 to 4 (idukku pulli). Draw the central intersecting lines, extend them and draw the curved lines to get the design. This is also a variation of the maavilai kolam (literally mango leaves). The dot pattern is 7 to 4 (idukku pulli). Draw the central intersecting lines, extend them and draw the curved lines to get the design.
kolam design with 13 dots - maavilai and floral petalsMargazhi is a season for relatively bigger kolam designs. So this one is some what big when compared to 4 or 5 dots. This has a 13 to 1 dot pattern. Using a dot pattern we can draw simple geometric shapes like triangles or parallelograms in a particular pattern to use the dots. This dot grid is also commonly used for such designs. I wanted to try a different design and got this finally. The five designs with maavilai leaves as they are called are drawn one at the centre and four on its four sides. The remaining dots are used to draw clover like floral petal pattens. Add a few colourful lines inside the design to get the image seen in the thumbnail. There ia video on the steps to draw this simple but beautiful kolam at
13 dots kolam for Margazhi
kolam design with 13 dots - butterflies and flowersThe colourful version of this kolam has been shared elsewhere in Rangolisansdots. However , here a different set of pics showing different set of steps to draw this beautiful kolam. Though it can be drawn with a single line I have tried the double line or two line kolam version. The kolam in three steps.
Simple peacocks like patterns in kolam
This is a collection of medium size kolam / muggulu that can be drawn for the following
Tamil New Year kolam with dots
Ugadi muggulu with dots / chukkala muggulu
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A collection of 30 simple kolam ( 4 to 9 dots ) videos - 30 kolam for 30 days in a month is at 30 kolam designs . The play list is from my YouTube Channel. The videos view time is around thirty minutes