Art

India is a country where you can witness a unique blend of innumerable cultures and traditions.The customs and traditions practiced in a particular region of the country are usually influenced by the geographical and climatic conditions of that region as well as exposure of the region to other cultures.

Mehendi

The art of applying henna in hands and feet is known as Mehendi and it is a very old custom and ancient art form of the Asian subcontinent.Indian weddings are incomplete without the mehendi ceremony .The ritual of mehendi ceremony is followed in every part of the country where the hands of the bride are adorned with the lovely red color of the mehendi. On these festive or wedding occasions mostly traditional Indian designs are made on the hands of the Bride.Henna has the power of medicine was also used as a cosmetic and for it's healing power for ages.The beautiful patterning prevalent in India today has emerged only in the 20th century.

India, most of the women from that time in India is depicted with their hands and feet with red stain designs. The art of Mehendi has existed for centuries. No exact place of its origin is identified because of people in different cultures moving through the continents and taking their art forms with them and therefore sharing their art with everyone along the way.The bushes can be grown in dry and hot conditions. The leaves are processed as a skin conditioner and as a reliever for rashes. The henna used for mehndi comes from a bush which is grown in the Africa and India called Lawsonia Inermis in the Middle East and other hot and dry places. Henna is used for hair dye and as a conditioner.

Rangoli

Rangoli is a traditional Indian art.The original name of rangoli is Rangavali, which means- ranga=color, avali=line in Sanskrit.

Origin of Rangoli

There are a number of legends associated with the origin of the Rangoli art in India. The earliest mention in regard to this art form is found in Chitralakshana, the earliest Indian treatise on painting. It is said that the death of a high priest's son in a particular kingdom led to widespread despair. The people of that particular kingdom prayed to Lord Brahma, asking Him to bring the boy back to life. Moved by their prayers, Lord Brahma asked the king to paint a portrait of the boy on the floor. Thereafter, He breathed life into the portrait and the boy became alive again. It is believed that this was how the first Rangoli painting got made.

Another legend has it that one day, God, in one of His artistic spells, extracted juice from one of the mango trees to be used as paint. He then used the paint to draw the figure of a beautiful woman. It is said that the painting of the woman was so magnificent that it put the heavenly maidens to shame. Thereafter, Rangoli became a popular form of women self-portrait.Even Chola rulers have been known to make quite extensive use of Rangoli as floor paintings. It is also said that powder or sand is used for making Rangoli designs because the combination of the colors and the design fragility signifies the impermanence of life and maya.

Wrap a Saree

The Indian Saree (a.k.a. Sari, Seere, Sadi etc) is a timeless garment with a history that dates back to over 5000 years. Designs, patterns and even wearing style have changed, but the saree is still the most exquisite single piece garment for a woman. Nothing identifies a woman as being Indian so strongly as the saree; it is the quintessential Indian female garment. The saree is still the most favoured garment worn at most formal occasions or at religious ceremonies

Palmistry

The science of reading, deciphering meanings for analysing potential abilities, inherent nature, and predicting future is known as Palmistry. Indian Palmistry, otherwise known as Samudrika, is Palmistry that has been practised in India since thousands of years till date to help individuals in tapping their hidden potential and guiding them towards their goals. Palmistry has developed differently in both East as well as West worlds. Research reveals that while the West school of Palmistry focuses mainly on psychic readings, in India, the focus is greatly on the past and future of an individual. This is particularly useful if individuals want to know more about their own potentials and discern their future. There are mainly two schools of thoughts namely the Samudrika and Skanda schools of Indian Palmistry.

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