Alpana

Uploaded 13 Oct 2012
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© Sugata Banerji
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Alpana is the art of painting a temporary design on the floor during any celebrations in an Indian household. In Bengal, alpana is traditionally done with paste of rice powder and water and is white in colour. Similar designs made with coloured powder are known as "rangoli" in other parts of India.
Here my cousin paints an alpana on the floor of our living room the day before my sister's wedding wedding. My sister is about to sit down to her last lunch as a bachelor and she will keep her plate on that design. The design is being painted with pink paint as the traditional white would not have been very visible on the marble flooring.

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