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24th May 2001

Rangoli artwork

Thoughts on entry

Inner messages combined in rangoli artwork

The hopes and fears about migration to Leicester are revealed in a city art project which combines rangoli welcome patterns with projected images of local people.

Project by Navrang group, Leicester - working towards Indian crafts and media.

Three artists have joined forces to create this pioneering work tackling migration into Leicester. You can see some of their work at the bottom of this page.

"Thoughts on entry" combines the ancient art of rangoli, a traditional welcome pattern used to decorate the doorsteps of Hindu homes, with modern video recording of local parents and children.

Ashok Mistry, one of the three artists involved, got inspiration for the project from discussions with his parents about their feelings on first coming to Leicester.

"You should live life while you have the chance, enjoying the vibrancy of colours and diversity around you."

Ashok Mistry

He said it is also partly in reaction to the recent debate on asylum seekers. He said: "Their existence doesn't harm a country.It will enrich it through foods, art forms, sensibilities."

The project is a partnership with Belgrave Mela which last year set a world record after creating the world's largest rangoli pattern.

The three artists, Ashok, Neemita Dabhi and Caroline Jariwala have created the artwork while Northampton film-makers Don't Look Now have carried out the film work with recordings from children and parents who were originally from India, Pakistan, East Africa, Malaysia and Portugal.

Pictures taken by Dipak Joshi of BBC Leicester's Roots.

rangoli image

rangoli image

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