Rangoli, which means “an array of colours” in Sanskrit, is a traditional multi-coloured Indian art form and floor decoration. It symbolises wealth, joy, and prosperity, as well as a thanksgiving to deities. The Rangoli Movement at Little India is a month-long multi-sensory visual and digital art showcase that presents a new perspective to rangoli as an art form.
Visitors can expect a line-up of experiential activities and workshop programmes suitable for all ages. There are three different sections at The Rangoli Movement to visit.
Rangoli Art Exhibition
Upon entering, one will see a tent with signages and décor giving visitors an introduction to Rangoli art. There are various mirrors beautifully decorated with Rangoli motifs as well as explanations for the different types of Rangoli and the various materials used to form the art piece. Rangoli art workshops are available at specific timeslots during the exhibition.
The Rangoli Movement Workshops
Expect workshops such as a Therapeutic Sand Art Jamming Workshop hosted by Visual Arts Centre and Traditional Rangoli Art Workshop by the Guinness World Record holder for the largest Rangoli in the World, Vijaya Mohan.
Digital Rangoli Art
Digital Rangoli art comes alive through large life-sized projections in another one of the tents. Upon stepping in, visitors will see light projections of beautiful Rangoli patterns. There are also “dance booths” for visitors to create their own digital Rangoli art as they dance in sync with the music. The creations will come alive through projections in motion, rotating and spinning across the walls and the ceiling.
DIY Rangoli Art and Craft
The last section is a tent where visitors can have some hands-on fun and do some art and craft activities. The station provides colourful markers, pencils and other materials needed to decorate and design the Rangoli however you wish.
The Rangoli Movement at Little India
The Rangoli Movement is located at Poli @ Clive Street, opposite Dickson Road. Admission is free to the public and a reservation is required for workshops. More details can be found at the site here.