Here's how you can learn to do Rangoli

New Delhi, Oct. 31 -- Come Diwali and the city starts buzzing with activities. There are many traditions and customs associated with this day. While cleaning the entire house and painting it to give a new look is a common thing, many believe in making sweetmeats and chocolates at home for their relatives and friends. Another highlight every year is the rangoli designs that people make to decorate their houses. Some use traditional colours while others make it with dry flowers. With the festival of lights just around the corner, we get you places where you can join a crash course in rangoli making.

FRESH COLOURS: REFLECTION OF ART

This centre teaches 10 to 12 types of rangoli designs. The popular ones include rangoli with coloured suji and rice, fresh flowers and water. Another famous style taught here is the manjhna type. This rangoli is made on a plank of wood. These rangoli patterns also serve as stencils which are used to teach rangoli making. They are also sold here. Students are expected to get their own material to the class.

Where:

B-6/6 ,Near Raghunath Mandir, Lal Quarter, Krishna Nagar

Contact

011-66435231

Cost: Rs. 750

CREATIVE WORLD HOBBY CLASSES

Come here to learn the traditional and typical designs of rangoli. With only four types of rangoli art forms being taught here, this school emphasises on perfection and not variety. Only five to seven students are inducted per class, as the school wants to give personal attention to their students. The types of rangoli taught here include, powder, buraada (powdered wood), fresh flowers and water rangoli. The class is usually one week long.

Where:

C-467 Opp District Park,

Sarita Vihar

Contact

9810304372

Cost: Rs. 1,500

KALAKRITI HOBBY CLASSES

These hobby classes are for those who want to go for a crash course to learn any one type of rangoli. The teachers here teach the art of rangoli-making in as less as a day's time. So, if you don't have much time to spare, head to this class. The types of rangoli taught here include sand, fresh flowers and water. The school plans to hold special classes for the festival of Diwali and has started receiving requests for the same.

Where:

M - 311 Guru Harkishan Nagar, Paschim Vihar

Contact

9818522255 Cost: Depends on the type of the rangoli

CHHABRA HOBBY CLASSES

They have both professional and hobby classes for rangoli making. The hobby course, which lasts five days, will help you learn how to make sand rangoli. The method is taught to the students using media like cardboard cut outs and tracing. Under the professional course, the students are taught five types of rangoli - sand, fresh flowers, coloured stone, waste material and water. The water rangoli is making designs with sand or flowers on water.

Where

ZP 55 Maurya Enclave, Pitampura

Contact

9910007009 Cost: Rs. 1,000 (hobby), Rs. 2,500 (professional)

KAMAL HOBBY CLASSES

Apart from more than 20 types of recreational courses taught here, the school also teaches rangoli-making. The teacher here believes in imparting the knowledge of the art step by step. From drawing the designs to the filling of colours, each and every step of making rangoli is taught here. Among the various types of rangoli designs taught here, the popular ones are sand rangoli and fresh flower rangoli. Batches can be scheduled according to the requirement of the customer.

Where:

Wz-1836, Behind Kapil Body Temple, Rani Bagh

Contact

9312665196

Cost: Depends on the course

LET'S CREATE ANYTHING

The rangoli making class at this place starts with the learning of design patterns. The students are taught to make different patterns on their drawing books that are later drawn on the floor. According to the instructor, Aarti Vedi, the duration of the course depends on how well a student grasps the nuances. But two days is sufficient to learn some quick Diwali patterns. Once done with the patterns, you will be taught how to use colours with flowers and candles.

Where :

House No-1159, Sec-A, Pkt- B, Vasant Kunj

Contact:

9871037287

Cost: Rs. 250 per class

SEEMA KAUL HOBBY CLASSES

If you fancy designs like Ganesha, Lakshmi or garba dancing, this is the place for you. Besides these, they also teach floral patterns and other simple rangoli designs. "I also teach rangoli on wooden patterns as lots of expats who come here prefer to learn that," says Seema Kaul. They also use water colours and eco-friendly colours for their designs. The basic course is eight days long, the advanced course is for another eight days.

Where:

C-146, Golf View Apartments, PVR Road, Saket

Contact:

011- 26965230

Cost: R1800 for eight days

HOBBY IDEA

Come to this place to learn a different kind of rangoli. Manisha Jain teaches rangoli on cloth and transparent glass sheets. The process is same as the floor rangoli - first you learn how to make patterns and cut them to draw outlines on either cloth or transparent sheet. After this, you use liquid colours or fabric colours to fill in the designs. "These kind of rangolis can be moved around the house anywhere," says Jain.

Where

Flat No. 52, Pocket 5, Sector 12, Dwarka

Contact:

9311312180

Cost: Rs. 200 per class

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.