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Teej mandana as cultural symbolism are fast disappearing
A mandana is symbolic folk art in the form of creating simple wall and floor paintings of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. They were earlier done on every auspicious cultural and religious festivals. Now they are disappearing from the urban and semi-urban areas. However, in some interior areas, they are still practiced with some changes over the years by bringing in new motifs in the paintings.

For example for most goddesses, feet were drawn to welcome them and evoke their presence in house on religious festivals, kalash drawing and swastika sign were other important motifs. A string of leaves was also used a symbol festivities. Floral motifs were drawn to create a pleasant atmosphere.

Mandana paintings are drawn to announce and start the auspicious commencement of an event as well as evoking gods and goddesses to protect home and hearth. These paintings also symbolised prayers and welcome signs for the divine into the house to  mark of celebrations of the occasion.

The ground is prepared with cow dung mixed with local clay and red ochre. Lime or chalk powder is used for making the related motifs. Tools employed are a piece of cotton or crushed twig as rudimentary brush.

Mandana can be seen as folk or cultural symbolism through visual art and aesthetics. In cities, walling paintings are being sponsored by the Government of Rajasthan and various civic bodies on the walls of flyovers and under passes. Motifs as symbols, stand for or suggests an idea, belief, action, or entity merely as a representation.

However, symbolism  began as a humble and ordinary folk art and later it took the shape  of a reaction against naturalism. realism, idealistic styles through intellectuals and city bred artists.

Mandana symbolism was a reaction in favour of cultural moors, religiosity and spirituality through simple and matter-of-fact depiction with a purpose express and represent the real and the Ideal.

Researchhas been done under symbolic anthropology to study cultural symbols and interpret them to understand a particular community or society. And, if I were to draw a mandana on Teej festival, I would include motifs like feet, kalash, and string of mango leaves and symbol of feminine divine as shown in the inset picture.

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