Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chettinad through Meena Sriram's Lens.

Meena Sriram's passion for Chettinad Architechture and photography is amply evident in her work. So when she sent me her photography links on flickr, I knew I just had to share it with all of you here. Meena is an expat who lives in Canada now and in her own words "I belong to the Chettiar community,our chettinad ancestral homes are basically inspired by colonial and palace architecture, its really such a beautiful blend of traditional indian architecture mixed with different European styles and this was really the outcome of the Chettiars interest and involvement in trade, travel and tradition." This collage was made from pictures from the Bangala Homestay site. Its totally worth checking out.

"The airy courtyard..intricately carved wooden doors..teak pillars..stained Glass windows... belgian glasswork..the most beautiful ceramic tiles ever......growing up, i always took the rituals and culture of chettinad for granted, it was who i was..after moving to another country altogether, i have a renewed sense of respect and i stand in awe of so rich a heritage and i can never stop marvelling at the design aesthethics and splendour of these chettinad mansions." Meena Sriram


Love the yellow painted Tulsi planter which is mandatory in traditional Indian courtyards

interesting bulb holders :)






Earlier known as "Senjai Bangala", The Bangala is now in its 10th year as a heritage stay. The origins of The Bangala dates back to around 1910, when all the lands were bought and consolidated into one property.The first building which is the front office room and the verandah around it was built at that time.


Meena Sriram's lens beautifully captures the subtle moods of the day
And I loved everything about this picture, the composition, the colours and how effectively it evokes traditional Chettinad.

16 comments:

Kamini said...

Absolute gorgeousness!

Sound Horn Please said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I hope to visit Karaikudi someday!

Natraj said...

Really well captured!!!!

Sudha said...

i have always had a special corner in my heart for chettinaad architecture and furniture...Meena's flickr is very inspiring for people who love old world charm

Deepa Raman said...

Great......The ladies with the malligaipoo looking at the picture frame brings the flavour of my state in front of me...

Anonymous said...

Love it! The vibrant and tasteful colors of the chettinad architecture have been skilfully captured via her lenses. amazing pictures. love the tiles. On a side note, my favorite picture from this set has little to do with architecture but definitely adds value to the entire set- the last one.

vineeta said...

I'm absolutely proud and happy to have her pictures on my blog & I'm so so glad that I specifically asked for that last picture. It is my favourite :)

Lakshmi -Celebrations said...

lovely images meena,thanks for sharing vineeta

Rekha said...

Delightful! Lovely images..

discoverer said...

Loved it. the colors, the texture, the tradition, and of course, the detailing and beauty...

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I have been a fan of Meena's work for a long time. She is truly brilliant.

dr.antony said...

Wow...They have traditions and culture unique. We also have many exceptional recipes from that palce.

Emreen said...

very neatly captured photos... such a lovely feature too...

Madhuri Maram said...

Love, this post of yours!

Beautiful colors and compositions in all the Photographs! :)

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures, very well taken with good exposure. I love the chettinad houses.. they are symbol of a rich tradition and heritage.

Arun said...

Meena the photos are awesome...