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Design consultant Lakhi Chand Jain has been re-inventing the traditional Rajasthani folk art of mandana for over 25 years mandanagraphy.wordpress.com

Tell us something about the mandana art form. LCJ: Mandana is the Rajasthani version of the Gujarati rangoli and the Bengali alpana. It is a classical visual folk art in which red sand (geru) and chalk powder are used to draw simple geometric forms like triangles, squares and circles on floors and walls, especially on auspicious occasions and festivals. How were you introduced to mandana art? LCJ: I am a graduate in applied arts from the Government School of Art, Aurangabad. By profession I am associated with different areas of designs like graphic design, 2D animation, new interactive media and space design as a design consultant. However I am strongly committed to mandana, which I learnt from my grandmother, (Late) Smt. Ratan bai and mother, Smt. Shakuntala bai. I currently live in Kalwa (Thane), near Mumbai, but my family is basically 4  POOL #38

from Rajasthan. Around 100-125 years ago there was a great famine in Rajasthan, and my ancestors travelled to Maharashtra in search of a livelihood. They settled in Pahur in Jalgaon district, a tiny village nestled on the banks of the Waghur River, which starts as a tiny stream from the Ajanta Mountains. They brought with them many memories of their lifestyle, culture and traditions. I was born in this village and my early childhood was spent in a house made out of clay and bricks. I remember each year after the NavratriDussehra festival, my grandmother and mother started preparations for Diwali. Our earthen house was big and the walls were plastered with clay. On festival days, my grandmother and mother would apply a mixture of clay and cow dung called gaara. After the plastering work was done, all the walls of the house were painted with cotton cloth, using powder-particle based colours like pink or blue. Then the floors were

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