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NOVEL: World map in rangoli in Mangalore.
NOVEL: World map in rangoli in Mangalore.

Special Correspondent

The 1,200-sq-ft rangoli was on show at St. Aloysius College

It took more than 48 hours of non-stop work to complete it

MANGALORE: A beautiful, colourful and huge (1,200 sq ft) rangoli was on show at St. Aloysius College here on Thursday and Friday, though lack of publicity left many Mangaloreans unaware of it.

It occupied almost the entire floor area of the Xavier Hall of the college near the Lady Hill side gate. The mammoth work of art hardly had any visitor on Friday afternoon and evening. Many of the college students, moving around the venue, were not aware of it.

Made by three rangoli artists Sangeetha M. Nayak, Chandrika Jayaram and Vidya Jagdish for Kallacchhu Prakashana, it was the publication’s way of celebrating the World Environment Day. Oceans in blue hue occupied most part of the sprawling world map giving an idea of how little space land occupied.

But you could visualise how India occupies quite an important chunk of the land. To raise your patriotic fervour you had the flag of India in the middle of the space occupying it. There in the southwest corner was Karnataka in yellow and red colour — the colours of an unofficial Kannada flag.

The making of the rangoli took more than 48 hours of non-stop work for the artists. They made it part by part dividing the canvas into 16 sections.

The women had help from qualified artists Veerendra, Ramakrishna and Santhosh who sketched the world map for them.

Now, guess how much of rangoli the women needed to put together the mammoth world map? If you thought a quintal, you were short by about 20 kg. Yes. It was 120 kg. The novel and creative attempt was the brainchild of Mahesh R. Nayak of Kallacchu Prakashana.

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