Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Rangoli - Indian Sandpainting

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During the festival of Sankranti, called "Pongal" in South India, you can see sandpaintings in front of houses. You see it more in lanes and bylanes, as the one above, because there is no traffic there and hence last longer.

Another Eastern tradition which has sandpaintings is that of Tibetan Buddhist monks. The mystical sandpaintings that they draw are quite colorful, complex and exquisite.

"The true work of art is but divine perfection." -Michelangelo

"The most beautiful things that we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who no longer pauses to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead ... his eyes are closed." -
Albert Einstein


alaya said...

i saw about this in the movie: 7 years in tibet.

Pat said...

They definitely are quite colourful. Great photo and interesting reading!

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zakscloset said...

very colourful and pretty! it must be nice to see them drawn all over the place!

Steffe said...