Food is a necessity , but certain foods do not take time to be a temptation , an indulgence . Desserts are a great extension of a meal . They represent a human need to make space for luxury and not feel guilty about it ! To beat the Tropical heat – kulfi , gulkand , rabdi , Basundi and Falooda are great options . Falooda is my personal favourite . I follow the recipe of my mother , for making Falooda at home . Falooda is a beautiful layered drink . Layers of soaked Sabja seeds , soaked vermicelli , milk , rose syrup and Vanilla ice-cream , in a long glass ! A visual , sensory delight ! The red rose syrup , when blended with white milk and vanilla ice-cream , gradually turns a pleasant baby pink ! A culinary composition awaiting to be eaten … Eating each spoon is a divine bliss !Instead of vanilla ice-cream , malai kulfi also can be used . Falooda is an Indian dessert . It traces its origins to Iran . In Persian culture , this dish is called ‘ Faloodeh ‘ .
My Elfchen for Pink , inspired by Falooda. Hues. sweet , soft spreading rosy vibes enhancing a Falooda glass Pink
Elfchen and drawing were first posted in my Instagram account .
The flute sends waves of fleeting peacock feathers , flying and mystifying further ‘ the divinity of Shri Krishna ‘….
The deer and the peacock look endearingly at the musician.
The celestial heavens shower stardust on the meditative music.
The woods look wonderful and woo her wild creatures with her emerald , green charms, woody world and stoic soil. There is always some musical note , being played ,by some animated animal or the other….
The ravishing Rivers , bouncy waterfalls, serene streams, binding brooks flow and keep the life moving….
The pondering , but peaceful ponds ,the laid back lakes , surrounded by blushing ,lush green bushes await the arrival of rains and enjoying the song of the reigning rains!
I see Shri Krishna , smiling affectionately ,in the aesthetic arts of Nature!
India has a large variety of images. Being an Indian, whenever I visualize India- my beloved country- I can think of dancing crops, crowded skylines, people, streets of life, a symphony of sitar ,santoor,tanpura,tabla and flute, delicious plate of wholesome food ,festivals and a beautiful combination of colours, which includes the artistic ‘ Rangoli’!
Rangoli is a Floor Art. It is also called an ‘Ephemeral Art ‘. Rangoli is an art of making art work on the floor or ground, with the help of hands, fingers ,to be more precise, coloured powder( usually coloured sand) or rice paste or flowers- either whole or petals of flowers. A chalk is also used,at times ,to draw the outline of a picture.
The word ‘ Rangoli ‘ has been derived from the words – Rang + Vali , ‘Rang’ means ‘ Colours ‘ and ‘ Vali ‘ means ‘ A line or row . So,it literally means, ‘ Rangoli ‘ – ‘ A row or line of colours.
Rangoli is a traditional art form , which has existed , for hundreds of years, in India. It is known by different names in different parts and languages of India. In Hindi Language and Maharashtra, Rangoli is known as ‘ Rangoli ‘, in Karnataka as ‘Rangavali ‘, in Kerala as ‘ Pookalam ‘,in Tamil Nadu as ‘ Kolam ‘ in Telugu language as ‘ Muggulu ‘ etc.
In the earlier days ,in Maharashtra, Rangoli used to be with Rangoli powder, the Pookalams of Kerala are florals artworks ( especially during the Onam festival), Kolams of Tamil Nadu are made using a rice paste. Even combination Rangolis are made. During festivals like Diwali , diyas are lit and placed on the Rangolis.
Traditionally,women of the household drew Rangolis ,early in the morning, near the entrance of the house, or in the verandah of the house. During festivals like Dasera, Diwali, bigger Rangolis are also drawn. Even for religious occasions like Pooja, or other auspicious occasions like Marriage , Rangolis grace the occasion.
Nature’s symbols like peacock, othersother birds and animals, planets, trees, leaves,fruits,flowers, religious symbols like ‘Om’ , geometric shapes and patterns,gods like Shri Ganesh, Lord Krishna are also depicted through Rangoli.
In the modern era, Rangoli is encouraged in schools,colleges, corporates, residence communities , through competitions, or simply having them in social events’ venue. Men ,who are interested, also draw this Art. There are many professional Rangoli artists ,too. Many tools like toothpick,comb,strainer,stencils , lids etc.are also used for bigger Rangolis. A group of people also come together,to make Rangolis.
A beautiful part of this art is that, it is a perishable, ephemeral art. It is not long lasting ,but, at least nowadays, Rangolis can be recorded in the form of photos and videos. In it’s momentary existence , it gives joy to it’s creators and onlookers. It erases gradually ,over a period of time ,or even immediately,if someone, accidentally steps on it! Nevertheless, it is a sense of serenity and harmony for the soul ,mind and heart! How beautifully, the hands and it’s fingers move, in order to complete the design ! The combination of colours is a visual treat, too. Every Rangoli is unique ,with a message of it’s own! Even human beings,famous personalities are depicted through Rangoli. Another different aspect of this art is that it is an Art, which is practised regularly , traditionally by many families for many generations , every person adding her own personal touch to the creation.
So let’s celebrate the colours of life with ‘ Rangoli ‘!
A few lines of poetry , by me, The Web of Spider Lilies
The Gardens and Nurseries are illuminated by your Flaming Petals, You raise the fiery element of a landscape, You gift the onlooker a lavish escape, From innumerable thoughts! Your crimson reds and bright yellows are Charismatic and Energetic to look at… They set the admirer’s imagination on fire ! A heartfelt gratitude to The Flaming Spider Lily!