One of previous posts was about Tholu Bommalatta at Dakshina Chitra. I had mentioned there that Dakshina Chitra is a cultural hub of Chennai. So here cometh the proper post on the place.
One of my dearest friends had this long time wish to go Dakshina Chitra and one fine Saturday we started off; A bus to ECR and another bus to MGM; A mini walk to Dakshina Chitra. My friend was too hungry after she skipped her breakfast (She was way too busy talking to someone special early in the morning that she forgot breakfast!!!). As soon as we entered we asked where is the restaurant and I said let’s first atleast get the entrance ticket and soon we were at the restaurant hogging onto some food.
Every other structure in Dakshina Chitra depicts some tradition and heritage of the southern region of our nation. The restaurant itself was no bar – the pillar here was a wooden pillar with gorgeous sculptural work. After our stomachs were satisfied we headed to the various sections here, segregated according to the different states of India.
The state we first reached was Karnataka. This was represented by the Ilkal House, the traditionally built house of the Kannada speaking people (trust me, the highly cosmopolitized Bangalore does not give any scent of the tradional Karnataka!!!).
This house is built traditionally with granite and seen here is the kitchen with the traditional brass utensils. Saw those vessels on the ground? Yeah, tradionally everywhere in India, cooking is done seated on the floor!!!
From Karnataka, we ventured to Andhra Pradesh.
The main hall of Andhra styled home depicted the rich textile tradition of the state. Infact a weaver was there seated on a loom and weaving a saree!!! There was a masterpiece of Telia Rumal just behind him.
On the side was another room with a display of Cheriyal Dolls. This is the Mandabeccu is a ritual of the Golla Caste of the Telengana Region in Andhra. All these dolls depict scenes from the Katamaraju Katha – the epic of this caste.
This is a typical backyard of many South Indian houses with a small passage with Tulsi plants on either sides.
Dakshina Chitra has several small huts like structures where you can just sit and chat or lay down for a breath. Anyone who has been in Chennai on a summer will understand what I am referring to!!! Its way too humid and sweating!!!
Some terracotta heads and a human head with it! Lolz!!!
The traditional fishermen hut in Andhra Pradesh.
From Andhra our next venture was Tamizh Nadu. Remember my trip to Arunattan Malai where I tried to decipher the ancient Tamil script? Here is a board with a step by step era wise slow change that occurred in the script. Pretty useful na? Next time I explore a place like Arunattan Malai, I should carry a copy of this pic.
This is a typical Chettinad House of the Karaikudi Location in South Tamil Nadu. It typically has a square shaped sky open area with these gorgeous pillars in the centre of the house with corridors that surround it and rooms all around.
Next to it, we ventured to the Religious Art Gallery. While I let you enjoy the sculptural grandeur of the hand crafted and carved wooden door, I’ll say a small bye now and come back with the rest of the glory of Dakshina Chithra.
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Dedicated to Vaishu.