Cubbon Park gets new colours - The New Indian Express

Cubbon Park gets new colours

Published: 30th October 2013 08:04 AM

Last Updated: 30th October 2013 08:05 AM

The Cubbon Park Walkers’ Association will take the rangoli route by organising this traditional art form with a different touch at the park premises on the occasion of Rajyotsava celebrations. The highlight of the festival is that all participants will be using only organic colours to make the best and most beautiful rangoli patterns.

“This is the first time such an event is being organised at Cubbon Park and we plan to celebrate this cultural and literary event with traditional gaiety and splendor,” says S Umesh, president, Walkers’ Association.

Various activities will be staged throughout the day and will start with Suprabhata and devotional songs.  “To start with, we are having a Rangoli competition from 7 am to 12 noon for which, we have around 160 participants with 100 girls from the city and around 60 people from various parts of Karnataka  showcasing their talent. We have more registrations coming in. Probably, we might have 500 participants,” says Umesh and adds, “We also have a few men participating in the rangoli competition.”

The main reason behind organising this rangoli competition is to revive the rangoli art which is a forgotten tradition now. 

According to Umesh, the competition will happen at the parking lot, starting from the library premises and they have specifically told the participants to use rangoli powder that is non-chemical made out of vegetables, flowers, sprouts, turmeric, coffee powder, chilli powder, rangoli mixed with red mud and other such materials.

“We have strictly told them not to use any acid colours. The girls are quite excited and have plans to illuminate the area with diyas in the evening. This will also mark the beginning of Deepavali at the premises. This competition will be judged by artists of Chitrakala Parishath,” says Umesh.

On this occassion, the Walkers’ Association is also planning to donate free notebooks to 160 students of government schools.

“Apart from the morning activities, the same evening, there will be a light music programme from the Kannada and Cultural department. The added attraction will be a Kannada song sung by the students of Assam Vidyarthi Sangha on Rajyotsava day,” he explains.

Umesh adds that this is just the beginning and he hopes to hold the Rajyotsava celebrations every year at Cubbon Park.

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