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A UK city to celebrate Diwali with rangoli contest

Leicester city, with a large number of people of Indian origin, hosts the largest Diwali festivities outside India

Tags: Diwali celebrations, Pravin Mistry, Rangoli

17th September 2009:
The colours of festive season in India are finding their way to the UK. A town in the UK has launched rangoli competition for Diwali — the biggest Indian festival.
Rangoli is one of the most popular art forms in India. It is a form of sand painting decoration that uses finely ground white powder and colours, and is used commonly outside homes in India.
Available information suggests the Leicester city council in the UK has unveiled the contest to design the pattern that best captures the Diwali’s festive spirit
Diwali celebrations in Leicester are not new. It is, in fact, believed the city with a large number of people of Indian origin, hosts the largest Diwali festivities outside India.
A city council official says the contest has been launched for children under 16. The winner gets to see the design transformed into a piece of mosaic art by a professional artist. It will then be exhibited as a part of Diwali celebrations. Later on, it will be put on permanent show. The winner will also find himself invited to special unveiling of the artwork, and will get a prize of a new Formula 1 Scalextric.
The competition is being organised by Leicester City Council, Leicester Belgrave Mela and Alliance & Leicester (Santander), which is supporting this year’s Diwali celebrations.
Pravin Mistry, director of the Leicester Belgrave Mela, says they are looking forward to see some really creative, bright and colourful designs during the contest. Mistry adds the contestants can even go in simple shapes and symbols, such as diva lamps and flowers. The intention is to capture the mood and feeling of Diwali and translate it into artwork for display all round the year."

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