Kirti Mandir, Vadodara, is decorated with unbelievably beautiful rangolis on the occasion of Diwali each year. This year, the rangoli will be even more special as it will have a mechanical twist.
Rajendra Dindorkar (50), president of Swastik Rangoli Kalakar Group (SRKG) who has been making rangolis for 33 years now says, “I am going to make the rangoli of an old man playing the violin. The hand which is on the instrument will be moving. The mechanism used to do this will bring the rangoli alive.”
The rangolis made in Kirti Mandir are based on fine arts themes like landscapes, portraits, wild life and current topics. Abhay Gadkere, secretary of SRKG, is going to make the portrait of a small girl with flowers in her hand.
He explains, “We are 13 participants this year and have been making rangolis at Kirti Mandir for the past 27 years. Initially, we started this group to keep the art form of rangoli alive as youngsters were forgetting this art. But today, the art form is recognised and appreciated by all. More and more people are learning and making rangolis at home inspired by our exhibition.”
The rangolis will be on display from November 10-25. Nearly 2,500 people are expected to visit the exhibition during these 15 days. Shekhar Khedar, a senior artist, is going to depict old-fashioned love in his rangoli. He says, “My rangoli is about a woman sitting by the window waiting. A pigeon arrives with a love letter. I have been am associated with this group for a long time because rangoli is my hobby.”
The current topic of the rangoli this year will be Swami Vivekananda and the maharaja of Vadodara, Sir Sayajirao Gaekwad III on the occasion of their 150th birth anniversary.
Prakash Lokhande, another senior artist, “I have been making rangolis for the past 30 years. It takes me about 100 hours to make a rangoli like this. While making a rangoli the artist has to understand the art of light, shades, proportion and composition.”