Thursday, November 19, 2009

Candid Rangoli

I discovered two photos, looking through Hema's online stuff, and wrote and asked her about them. Her response is below.

On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 6:34 PM, Sandra Dodd wrote:

I lifted these from your slide show on your blog. Are those "natural" rangoli? Or something else?

Yes they are! more on that later. rushing
Hema A. Bharadwaj

The later note:
Wrt the rangoli.... its more modernistic type rangloi done at functions etc. Those photos were at Rvi's friend's boys thread ceremony. interestingly... his friend is Indian born but has lived about 20 years in the states... and married a white, american... and has no intention of returning to india. But wanted to come back to india to conduct this ceremony for his boys...

Beatles Rock Band (Sunday, unscheduled)

Sometimes things just happen.

Rangoli on Sunday

Because we forgot to do this on Wednesday at Tiguex Park, Hema showed us Rangoli.

The supplies are patterns (Hema has some in her head, but she brought two books, as well, and gave them to me), and powders. The white makes the design, and the others fill in.

We started on the front step, but it was too cold and too dry. The powder wasn't falling as it should have—static electricity or whatever dry air does.

We went inside and used the old wooden gateleg table Keith and I have had since we were young. So it's not authentic to do it on a table. It should have been at the front door and at the back gate. I still have the colors if anyone wants to come and try some.

The photos aren't in a great order, because they came from several cameras. And then there was a moment when I whined that I wasn't a good artist but I could surely sing. MY MISTAKE. Not that I was a better artist, but here, look: Couldn't sing, either.