Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tradition Recreated in a home in Palakkad.

Tucked in the bylanes of Palakkad, in Kerala, stands the pristine white 'Shanti Vihar'. What's unique about this home is that is recreated in the traditional mould with contemporary means & material, the floors are vitrified tiles but the roof is traditional terracotta and in many places instead of wood, Mr. Jayashankar the contractor has used ferro-cement. So it is with such ingenious solutions that tradition is maintained in the modern context. The home belongs to Mrs Pratibha & Murali Menon and when I went to photograph the place I met her very gracious parents Mrs Shanta & Mr Haridas. This is one of the rare instances that I went to a home not knowing the hosts & with the sole purpose of covering it here on my blog. As I went from room to room taking pictures, the affable hosts made conversation with my uncle Dr Sharath who also happens to be their family doctor.


Traditionally & normally the 'Charupadi is made of wood. I was quite taken aback to be informed that this was ferro-cement treated to look like wood.
You enter into this oblong hall that is well fitted with antique and traditional accessories.

The house literally wraps itself around this prayer room, which forms a sanctum sanctorum of sorts.
I had to take a close up of this gorgeous "kerala mural painting"
The tiny gold bells that dot the door jingle piously when the doors open


On the way up the stairs, nestled on an antique corner shelf is a pretty jewellery box.
So much of what I think of when I think 'Kerala' comes together in this home.

25 comments:

Arch at Rang said...

Gorgeous home and great furnitures:-)

Thanks for sharing Vineeta~

Arch

Preeti Menon said...

This is soo insightful! Thank you for sharing this beautiful home with us. As always you do a perfect job covering sights.

GB said...

OMG! I so want to have a prayer room like that! I love the way everything is planned around the puja-ghar. I love how traditional Indian architecture combined the practical and aesthetic components with such ease. I loved the central courtyards in our ancenstal homes up in the north. Thanks for sharing this Vineeta....please do drop by my (very new) blog.

Gagan
http://gb73.blogspot.com/

Patricia Torres said...

OH my!!! simply gorgeous!! I loved the balconies... and the traditional seating... The outdoor is amazing as well... Such a lovely display of tradition.. wow!

Susan Erickson said...

gorgeous ... The prayer room is so lovely with the little bells, the ferro cement work is really amazing. a very soothing, contemplative place to call home. Great post!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Fabulous home, love the architectural details. They have some lovely things. A great home tour, really enjoyed it!

sango said...

that's a lovely home... perfect balance! thanks for sharing!

i have been following your blog for some time now... quietly though :) but i have to say you have amazing talent... that inspires me to do something of my own too... i love reading your blog and wish you luck for future endeavors.

? said...

This seems to be the trend in recent years in Kerala.
interesting use of antiques with modern versions like the brass lamp and the wooden additions to the furniture/antique trunks.
The carved wooden piece looks like the head-piece of a 'thira/thara', the traditional art form enacted during the pooran festival in region of Valluvanad and Palakkad. Very similar to Theyyam.

Hemant Sonawane's Studio said...

Hey...nice blog.

I'm a professional sculptor from Mumbai. Amongst my commissioned projects, I have recently designed n completed the corporate identity sculpture for ACC Ltd. (the cement maufacturing company) at their HeadQuarters.

It is a 14 feet high sculpture, and I adopted the Ferrocement technique to construct a 'hand' - a part of the sculpture. Your article about ferrocementing reminded me of the project.

I can send you pictures of the work if you feel interested....


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~ Hemant Sonawane
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ArtPropelled said...

So many things to admire and love, especially the prayer room and the doors with the bells.

pRiyA said...

This is a palace. I really really wonder the number of domestic help to maintain such a home, an army perhaps? It is utterly gorgeous. Thanks for this.

meera said...

Gorgeous house. And great photos. Love this house tour. I am going to feature one of these rooms in my blog.

Rekha said...

Simply beautiful, oved the murals and the puja room too.

Ananva said...

Gorgeous!!! How do you even find out about these places!! So glad you gave us a tour!

Rekha said...

Rekha Abhilash..as everyone above sa id,the house is as gorgeous as the people who live in it!!So much hard work has gone in to the making of this home...everything has been done in great detail!Am proudto be a part of this family,thanks Vineetha for sharing.

vineeta said...

Thanx each one of you for your comments and appreciation!
Priya, yes its a huge home & so well kept, you ahve to see it to believe it & I havent even features half the house here.

Rekha, I was hoping someone from the home or the family of the owners will see it. Thanx for dropping by & your appreciation :)

Vellanore said...

the contents are really interesting and the efforts put in to make it a home amply explained by the comments pouring in. the timespan of about 9 months taken to demolish the old structure and to reconstruct it in style was truly amazing. the team led by jayan the contractor did a wonderful work. of course the addition to the interior was the ingenuity of murali who has a flair for detail. u deserve all kudos for presenting it in all its glory. thank you.... haridas

Manasa said...

awesome... n gr8 furnitures..

Divya said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing. Love the house. What a beautiful merger of the old and the new!!

Divya

Nish said...

Hi Vineeta,

This is such a lovely blog and what a beautiful home!!! gorgeous!

Nisha

SV said...

Beautiful home.Loved the garden, balcony and pooja room!Wish to visit this house.

Sheela Kavuri said...

Absolutely love this house.

K.R.Santhanakrishnan said...

Beautiful home

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story said...

Absolutely gorgoeus home. Thanks for posting.

sreejith c varma said...

Hai Vineetha,I am from Palakkad. I just want to see this home and I need their help and advice.Can you please give me the address or the place name where it situated.

Please mail me the address on sreejithvarma88@yahoo.in