Residents of ATS Village in Noida's Sector 93A are celebrating pollution-free colourful Diwali for the last three years by making a grand Rangoli with an enchanting riot of colours in their society’s play area.
Rangoli is an art form in which patterns are created on the floor using coloured rice, dry flour, sand or flower petals.
While they have been doing this for the last two Diwalis, they dedicated this Diwali to the artist of Warli art form by depicting a Warli art design in their Rangoli.
The detailed planning took 10 days for a team of 40 residents, including children, to make the square Rangoli measuring 32 x 32 feet.
Usha Murali, a resident, said, “The grand Rangoli has become an annual ritual which the residents eagerly look forward to. We wanted to set the bar higher and do something more interesting and different from the previous two years and went ahead with depicting an extremely complex design where merging colour effect was to be brought out using Rangoli colours”.
It took 120 kgs of colour, eight hours of sketching and other nine hours of filling to build the Rangoli. The residents have decided to keep the rangoli for another two days post-Diwali.
“We plan to continue to enthrall the residents of our complex with a very traditional art form like Rangoli during Diwali and spread the message of cracker free Diwali by lighting diyas (traditional earthen lamps),” Murali added.
Notably, the youngest member of the Rangoli team was all of eight years while the oldest was around 70 years of age.