Kolam can also be drawn with mandala as a theme ( one of the meanings is round or circle - rangoli is commonly referred to as mandala in some countries ). Drawing a circle ( or a near circular shape ) without using a piece of chalk tied to a thread comes with practice. As I often say, in rangoli practice may not make us perfect but can reduce the number of mistakes. Margazhi kolam drawn during the month of Margazhi including Pongal kolam ( aka Sankranti muggulu ) is the great time when we see big and bright and different types of designs.
It is easy to draw a free hand mandala or rangoli if we draw a baisc floral petal pattern as the centre. Invariably in rangoli the length of the petals are almost the same except for slight differences, so that we can join the edges of the petals to form a circular pattern. After all, a circle is a polygon with infinite sides ( Credit - my children ! Whenever I refer to geometry in Rangolisansdots credit goes to my children only ! )
I have used this concept in the mandala below and further developed the design with free hand patterns with some influence of Warli art.
Vasal kolam for Friday with Mandala theme
It is easy to draw a circular or near circular rangoli design by using a suitable design or pattern at the centre.
If we choose a floral design with floral petals it is convenient to draw a circle. The more the petals the closer the tips of the petals are and as a result the easier it is and the better the circular shape we get around the central design. Two of the designs I drew with floral petals are shown below. Both have kaavi border because one was drawn on Ganesh festival and the other on a Friday. One is drawn with double line pattern and the other with a single line pattern.
A collection of rangoli videos with circular or near circular designs - drawn by me
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