Rangoli adds to the importance of an occasion or a festival, and is said to welcome the gods. It is a form of art where people make designs and patterns using colors, salt, flower petals etc., on the floor. In South India, rangoli is popularly known as Kolam and is a common sight. The lovely patterns and colorful art work come in various sizes, and can be considered as Indian graffiti. They can either be full of bright colors or plain white. No matter what the design is, it always looks beautiful and catches the eye.
Let’s look at some well-known South Indian Rangoli designs which are creative, colorful and fun.
1. Flower Rangoli:
Floral designs are different and at times, a little complex. Yet, they are very interesting. You can use many colors and even different flower petals to make it more artistic. You can get creative with the designs as you do not have to follow a fixed pattern. These designs are quite floral but also very romantic. It is a perfect blend of art and tradition.
2. Mandapam Kolam:
Mandapan Kolam is a wedding specialty. It may look quite complex, but when broken down, the design is very simple and easy. You can find these designs during the wedding season, and the tradition still continues.
3. Picture Rangoli:
South Indians are very artistic and the designs in this category just prove the statement. They create pictures which are very similar to graffiti, but they use rock powder instead of paint sprays. The design or the art denotes a picture or gives a message to the viewer. These designs are thus, message-oriented.
4. Karthigai Kolam:
Karthigai is a very important festival of lamps in South India, popularly known as Karthigai Deepam. This design is usually made on the occasion of this festival. It is decorated with lighted lamps and diyas. It is very simple to make. This design is made using white chalk and white Rangoli color. However, you can add your favorite color to it if you wish.
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5. Dot Rangoli:
This one of the manu South Indian rangoli designs with dots can be seen outside many homes. It is made using white rock powder and soil. This design may look very complicated; however, when you look closely, you would find that the design pattern in the center of this Rangoli has been repeated on its 4 corners. These designs are easy as they have numbered dots and lines. Therefore, you cannot go wrong with such designs. If you are a beginner, these are the best to start with. They come in various sizes and patterns. You can take your pick!
6. Butterfly Kolam:
This Rangoli design is also made by combining dots. What I like the most about this design are the green butterflies on the borders with blue flowers and an abstract star in the center. It looks lovely and the bright colors only add to its beauty.
7. Basic Rangoli:
This Rangoli is one of the most basic designs. It is a very simple yet elegant design that is usually seen in pooja rooms. Usually South Indian Rangoli designs are made by connecting dots, but this is a freehand drawing which requires next to no effort.
8. Kalasha Rangoli:
These designs are used for a particular festival and are considered auspicious. They denote joy and happiness which the festival symbolizes. You should be very careful when you go ahead with these designs as they hold an important place when it comes to culture and tradition.
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9. Birds and Flowers:
Both birds and flowers symbolize beauty and joy. This Rangoli design is joyful, lively and gives you a positive vibe the moment you look at it. This whole Rangoli is made using dry colors. Isn’t it beautiful?
10. Big Single Flower Rangoli:
The last on my top 10 South Indian Rangoli designs list is this big flower design which uses flower petals only. Even South Indians love fusion designs. This design is quite similar to North Indian floral Rangoli designs. What make this design different are the corners and curves. It really looks elegant and beautiful.
These are the different designs for various occasions. Take a pick from any of the above-mentioned designs and master this beautiful art. Please do share your favorite design with us.