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Meet My Craftsman: Rangoli artist Vijaya Mohan

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Potong Pasir MRT Station (NE10)

55 Upper Serangoon Road

Singapore, 347694

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Fancy painting a lantern or being part of a lion dance ensemble? Pick up some nifty skills from our country’s beloved practitioners.

About this Event

Remember those traditional joss sticks makers, rangoli artists and lion dance troupe members? Despite rising competition, many intangible cultural heritage practitioners remain passionate about their craft. Meet My Craftsman brings Singaporeans to visit nine of these craftsmen, and at the same time, have their hands at practicing them!

What is Rangoli?

Rangoli is a type of floor art which wards off evil spirits from homes. Since ancient times, the art form has traditionally been passed down from mother to daughter. It is a multi-coloured floor decoration which symbolises prosperity and also serves as a form of thanksgiving to deities

About the Craftsman

Vijaya Mohan picked up the religious art form from her mother when she was five. Together the mother-daughter pair, who were once based in Tamil Nadu, would design vibrant and eye-catching rangolis at their front yard.

Ms Vijaya shared that during the Makara Sankranti festival in her hometown, entire stretches of road in her neighbourhood would be covered in rangolis. Each and every design produced by her neighbours as a way to welcome the year’s harvest, she said. “Those were good times. We used to get up at 3am and gave ourselves up till about 6am to complete covering our roads in these vibrant designs. After I was done, I would walk around with a pen and paper to sketch and note down designs I wasn’t familiar with as a way to expand my repertoire.”

Ms Vijaya moved to Singapore in 1992. As a result of her avid interest in the arts, she pursued a masters in art therapy at Lasalle College of the Arts. She notes that rangoli-making has numerous therapeutic properties in terms of the posture and stances in play when one creates the artwork.

Using everyday items, Ms Vijaya has become successful in developing a unique style of her own which led her to start her own company SingaRangoli in 1995. Among other things, she uses powdered rice, coloured sand and other innovative materials such as broken bangles to create her rangolis.

As the last full-time rangoli artist in Singapore, Ms Vijaya strives to promote the benefits of rangoli painting to the community. She said: “Out of my passion, out of my craziness, I still do what I do. I am helping seniors, I am serving the community, I am helping other people learn the art. I will continually push myself to do it.”

Details of the Programme

  • Language: English
  • Dates:
    • 19 Dec (Sat) 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm
    • 20 Dec (Sun) 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm
  • Meeting place: Address will be sent to registered participants closer to the event (Nearest MRT: Potong Pasir)
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the stated meeting time for registration and temperature taking. Our facilitators will be wearing our event t-shirt.
  • Venue is not wheel-chair accessible.
  • Parking is unavailable at the premise.
  • The workshop will proceed rain or shine.

What to bring?

  • Wear a mask and comfortable clothes (no Bermudas!)
  • Bring along hand sanitisers, disposable gloves, an umbrella and a bottle of water
  • Asthmatic individuals are encouraged to bring their inhaler.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

  • All participants must wear a mask.
  • All participants must complete the Safe Entry, health declaration and temperature taking before the event.

Instructions for Participants

  • Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host (eg. out-of-bound areas, use of toilet). Facilitators will brief participants before the start of the programme.
  • In lieu of the recent COVID19, participants will be required to take their temperatures and submit a health declaration form for contact tracing. Please do not attend the event should you feel unwell.
  • There will be no refund if you wish to cancel your tickets.
  • By agreeing to participate in the activity, participants will be responsible for any injury, loss or damage due to negligence of other actions on his/her part or that of children under his/her charge.
  • It is compulsory for a parent/guardian to accompany any child of or under the age of 12 children under his/her charge.

For updates:

  • Visit www.mycommunityfestival.sg for updates.
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Potong Pasir MRT Station (NE10)

55 Upper Serangoon Road

Singapore, 347694

Singapore

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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