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Happy Diwali and Happy New Year to All.

Diwali means colors, designs, joy, brightness and happiness. So, let’s learn about some designs and use of rangoli.

The purpose of rangoli, which is colors and decoration, is believed to bring good luck. Design depictions may also vary as they reflect traditions, folklore and practices that are unique to each area. It is traditionally done by women. Generally, this practice is showcased during occasions such as festivals, auspicious observances, marriage celebrations and similar milestones and gatherings.

Rangoli designs can be simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, or flower and petal shapes, parrots, swans, peacocks, fish, deep and Ganesha or Lakshmi (appropriate for the given celebrations), but they can also be elaborate designs crafted by numerous people. The base material is usually dry or wet granulated rice or dry flour, to which sindoor (vermilion), haldi (turmeric) and other natural colors can be added. Chemical colors are a modern variation. Other materials include colored sand and acrylic paints, colorful beads, etc.

With rangoli in mind, let’s also see what does design mean? A design is an arrangement of lines, shapes or figures that is used as a decoration. Designs can be used to beautify different things such as flower vases, bags, fabrics, clothiers, tiles, crockery, rangoli and much more.

Enchanting designs can be created using geometric shapes, shapes of animals, birds and butterflies, human figures, flowers, leaves, letters or even abstract forms.

There are four basic forms of designs: (1) Natural forms: Designs can be created using natural forms like leaves, flowers, birds, animals, butterflies, shells, conch-shells, etc.

(2) Decorative forms: Natural forms can be transformed into decorative forms by modifying them in a stylized and imaginative way. (3) Geometric forms: Here designs are based on geometric elements like circles, lines, squares, triangles, etc. (4) Abstract forms: Forms which show no similarity with any natural or man-made objects are known as abstract forms.


Sonya Trivedi


Diya Naidu

Winners from September ‘My Little World’ art competition

3 to 5 years – Diya Naidu / 6 to 8 years – Sonya Trivedi




Call for Art and Open Invitation

Shyama’s Art will hold a professional Art Exhibition “My Art My Way 2014” in January 2014 at Carrollwood Cultural Center. The exhibit will be for the month of January. Art reception and award ceremony will be on Jan. 10 between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is an open call for artists of all ages. We have extended the deadline till end of November. Registration fee is $30. Shyama’s Art will distribute trophies and certificate to all the participants.

Remember: When it’s from HEART, its ART

Shyama Rangwala can be reached at (813) 843-6784, e-mail or visit or check Shyama’s Art on Facebook.

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