A Lighter Side of History: The Art of the Rangoli

03 Nov 2018
The Salon,
Level 1
2pm - 3pm
$10 per pax
Join us at the National Museum this November for a line-up of exciting programmes! Find out more about the art of rangoli and learn how to make your own in the Deepavali special of A Lighter Side of History.
The Art of the Rangoli
Sat, 3 Nov | 2pm – 3pm
The Salon, Level 1
It is common to see a rangoli outside or in the homes of our Hindu neighbours during festivals such as Deepavali. Ranging from simple to elaborate patterns, a rangoli is made up of simple materials such as powdered rice, flour, coloured sand or even spices. What is the significance of the rangoli during festivals such as the Festival of Lights? What inspires an artist when he or she creates a rangoli? Join us to find out more about the secrets behind this 5,000-year-old art form, and how this intangible cultural heritage with its mesmerising geometry and symmetry is still being practised in Singapore in both traditional and contemporary styles. In this workshop, participants will also have the chance to create their very own contemporary take-home rangoli!
Limited spaces available. $10 per pax includes materials for a take-home rangoli and light refreshments. 

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!