Dakshina Chitra - The Traditional Chettinad House

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

This is not the 1st time I'm going to Dakshina Chitra, but this time I went so i could share with you the pictures & the unique experience that this cultural heritage centre offers. This place is to my knowledge the only place which has 'recreated' the traditional South Indian homes. The attention to detail is mindblowing. 'Dakshina' in Sanskrit means south & Chitra means 'picture'.

"DakshinaChitra is a unique Heritage Centre located on the east coast road in Muttukadu on the way to Mahabalipuram which offers the visitor an unforgettable & authentic insight into the lifestyles of the diverse peoples of South India. Traditional craftspersons & folk artists work & perform in the reconstructed period settings of 19th century streets, homes & workshop-spaces in the TamilNadu & Kerala sections."

The Amphitheatre hosts regular folk performances and involves the performers in interactive programs and workshops. The craftshop has artisans from all parts of India demonstrating & selling their work. All in this quiet ambience.
Presenting the Chettinad House from TamilNadu (image by Ken)

The jewel like carved top of a pillar

The sculpted bottom.

The magnificiently carved entrance.

The courtyard (image by Ken)

Courtyard pillars

Threshold detail

Note the Iron Door Hinge and the design detail next to it.

Will be posting on the Kerala homes- Hindu & Christian, sometime soon :)

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