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India >  Rangoli at school, 2010

We revisited Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, a school in New Delhi, on their Rangoli competition day in 2010.

This year the children had the choice of making either a traditional rangoli pattern or a design based on the topic "kridangan" meaning 'playground'. We took photographs of the children at work and their wonderful art. The children also displayed pieces of writing to explain how they had interpreted the word 'playground'.

Can you tell which designs are made using traditional rangoli patterns?


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1. Sardar Patel Vidyalaya is a school in New Delhi. It has 1500 students from nursery to year 12.
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4. This chart was put up to show children where they had been allocated spaces to make their rangoli designs.
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5. Children in the junior school
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16. This shows a banyan tree in the form of Mandana painting. Mandana is an art form used to decorate the walls of homes in some parts of rural India.
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18. The children wrote this to explain the meaning of the picture shown in the previous slide.
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19. An inspiring display of children's art
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21. The entrance to the school looks fantastic.
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29. This picture shows a musical instrument, the veena, and a swan. These, the children wrote, "are the favoured possessions of Goddess Saraswati, the ultimate metaphor for music, an aspect of the playground of the human mind."
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31.This refers to the picture in the previous slide.
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33. The children wrote. "..we have jumbled up the numbers to show that children do not have any restrictions in the playfield', also, ".. the bird signifies freedom.."
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35. The school playground
 
Rangoli animation
Making a pattern
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