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Rangoli Workshop with Yasha Dabas May 26, 2017

Rangoli Workshop with Yasha Dabas

Location: West Gorord Hotel, Cebu City, Cebu (province), Philippines
GPS coordinate: 10°19'02.7"N 123°54'00.9"E

What is Rangoli?
Rangoli is not a familiar word in the Philippines. But in India, it's part of culture and tradition that's deeply steeped in Hinduism. It is an ancient folk art made on a floor or boxed wooden background. A design pattern is drawn, mostly geometric, nature or deity. The pattern is filled-in using colorful beads, stones, powder, flowers, paints, coloured rice-water, gypsum powder, coloured sand or dry pigments. It is deconstructed when done, similar to the Tibetan Mandala.

Rangoli Workshop with Yasha Dabas
"Yoga Shack" rangoli by Jeanne and myself - w/ Paulina Constancia and Yasha Dabas

Yasha Dabas
Yasha Dabas, an Indian Rangoli expert, conducted the free workshop at the West Gorordo Hotel. She's not your typical Rangoli expert whom you might suspect is deep into Indian mysticism. Yasha is a banker, having graduated at Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. She worked as a Team Lead for Front office Prime Brokerage for JP Morgan-India. Currently, she's an Agile Transformation Agent with the Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. If she can be allowed to follow her bliss, she'll be doing Rangoli fulltime.

Gabii Sa Kabilin
The Rangoli workshop is part of the GSK 2017's Gabii Sa Kabilin celebration at the Museum of Naive Art [MoNA] spearheaded by naive artist, Paulina Constancia. The event is a 3-hotel venue featuring the Mayflower Inn with its Museum of Heritage and Folk Art (MoHFA) and the Elicon House with its launching of the Museum of Bicycling (MoB).

Ending Thoughts
Rangoli is a meditative art as you enter into your own world, getting absorbed into the reality you architecture on your wooden background. After all the artistic flow and release, it is deconstructed. Like Burningman where art installation that took a year to develop is taken to the desert only to be burned, rangoli is a meditative exercise in artistic expression, impermanence and non-attachment.

--- TheLoneRider

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Reader Comments:

Joel LeeJoel Lee
(May 29, 2017) hi Yasha. joel lee here, the brother of paulina. thank you for coming to cebu to share your wonderful tradition and talent. unfortunately i was unable to speak with you after the event, as we were all dead tired after all the preps and activities. i learned that you are interested to know more about permaculture, and that you may have the possibility to apply it back in India. i recommend that you take up a course on permaculture, perhaps at Bali. there are several courses offered there. the bamboo school could be very interesting. check out their site: then i learned that the next international permaculture convergence will be held in Hyderabad, India: this will be a good opportunity for you to meet up with permaculture people from india and elsewhere. let me know if there is any other information i could provide you. cheers. joel lee

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