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Rangoli artist Sonali lends colour and innovation to Diwali celebration

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Jamshedpur, Oct. 18: A former IT professional Sonali Adesara’s rangoli art is cynosure of all eyes this Diwali. Her rangolis portray the rich tradition and rituals attached to the festival of lights. This time she has come up with Goddess Laxmi spread across four feet.

Squatting on the floor, the Mumbai-born artist now settled in the steel city silently goes about her work for hours together at her residence at Contractor’s Area Bistupur. The floor is her canvas and fingers are her brush.

“Diwali is a special occasion for me and every year I look forward to make something new for the occasion. This year too is special for me I have made Goddess Laxmi. I made sure that every aspect of Laxmi jee is covered from her ornaments to her divine feel,” said Sonali with a smile.

Given her varied talents, her finesse with rangoli designs has made her won several accolades.“ Iwas born and brought up in Mumbai but after my marriage I have settled in Jamshedpur. Though I worked as an IT professional in a corporate firm but my passion to make rangolis have remained the same. It has been with me ever since I was in school.

I have also won several competitions in Mumbai too,” she said.

Talking about her new Rangoli, she said that Diwali being an auspicious occasion, she has made Goddess Laxmi and it took 80 hours to complete the same. She said that her work has been appreciated by all and she is happy to have completed the task on Diwali.

“I had never even dreamt I’d be able to do something like this. The patterns just come to me in a flash and I draw them. Maybe it is divine intervention, or perhaps, it was always in me, I don’t know,”Sonali.

She opined that rangoli is a folk art from India. It is considered as sacred and meant to welcome deities. Rangoli designs are made with coloured rice, dry flour,(coloured) sand or even flower petals.

Rangoli has always been a symbol of religious and cultural beliefs and is believed to ward off evil. But, the most important reason for decorating rangoli outside one’s home, is to welcome Goddess Lakshmi.

Talking about her inspiration of the talent,she said that the guidance and support from her parents and family encouraged her to venture further. Every time she tries to take her passion for rangoli one step ahead with her innovative concept of blending natural colours and designs.

While feeling excited at the prospect of reaching out to too many others with her work, Sonaliis equally delighted by the positive response from her friends and relatives. She is also keen to teach this talent to children who are interested in this.

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