Alpana is a kind of folk painting traditionally made in Bengal during festivals. Usually rice paste is used to make these designs on the ground/ floor. much like the rangoli. This alpana design was made by my mother in 1960’s on canvas, when she was at Shantiniketan. The colors used in this are not readymade ones, rather they are earth colors that she prepared by griding stones (a very tedious process!). The binder for the paint was egg white.
चुरा के मुठ्ठी मे दिल को छुपाए बैठे हैं
बहाना ये है की मेहन्दी लगाए बैठे हैं
Mehndi is the application of Henna as a temporary form of skin decoration in India. Henna is typically applied during special occasions like weddings and festivals. Nowadays mehndi decorations have became fashionable in the West too.
This one taken by me and the model is my friend who had got mehndi applied on her arms on the occasion of the Indian festival of Rakshabandhan.