Mahesh Rao, 29, who hails from Belagavi, who has completed his engineering and MBA is now venturing to obtain a Ph.D. in rangoli !!!( yes that's right!!) from Manipal University.He is now settled in Udupi to pursue his passion in rangoli. He is not just researching the subject but is also working towards creating the largest rangoli in the world. Rangoli is an art form that is popular in several parts of the world in which patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using chalk powder, color powder, flowers and sometimes dry red soil. Rangoli is his passion and he's mad about it. Rangoli is about culture and history. Mahesh is striving to preserve the fabulously inherited traditional art form as he does not want the new young generation to view rangoli only as a picture. Mahesh seeks to draw the world’s largest Rangoli.
FACT:-" The biggest Rangoli in India so far is the one created by about 300 people on an area of 40,000 square feet."
Mahesh's largest work to date has been, 80 by 10 feet area at the Gita Mandir of Udupi Krishna Mutt created last year. His next endeavor is to work on a rangoli that is 80,000 square feet.Presently he's on the lookout for the right opportunity.