Did You Know :
🔸 There are different Alpana designs for each season, based on fasting rituals that women in the communities observe! In this image, corresponding to the month of Agrahayana, i.e, November / December – the patterns are dedicated to the Senjuti broto (bengali for ‘vrat’). This is basically the “observance of the evening lamp”!!!
🔸As times move ahead, and stickers replace creative designs, an awesome thing to have happened is that Alpana is part of the Fine Arts curriculum at Shantiniketan. You just cannot miss the Nandalal Bose inspiration there!
🏛This illustration from a Bengali Calendar (1930) is part of the Mukul Dey Archives, Shantiniketan.
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