Traditional Architecture & Art in the Houses of South India

cp How can a house that is so simple, serene and peaceful be the cause of the debilitating greed that arises in me when I view it? Every house that I saw and show here, I want to own and live in! I want to populate these with my family, my children, my grandchildren and live through all of life's events in all of these houses. Sigh! A walk through some of the lovely traditional houses of South India featuring houses from Sattanur (Thanjavur), Chettinad, Tirunelveli, and Chickmagalur. [caption id="attachment_14026" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Flowers at the entrance Decorate the home every morning with fresh flowers at the entrance[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14027" align="aligncenter" width="375"]Lord Ganesh And fresh Rangoli patterns every morning for Lord Ganesh at the entrance[/caption]

 Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14032" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Traditional House of South India Decorating various important spots in the home with Rangoli patterns after the morning bath, with special patterns for special festivals[/caption]

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South IndiaTo spend evenings in this outer verandah, chatting with the neighbours.

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14040" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Traditional House of South India Watching the comings and goings of various family members from the inner parts of the house, without being seen[/caption]

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14052" align="aligncenter" width="432"]Traditional House of South India Space for the master of the house to conduct his administrative business[/caption]

Traditional House of South India

To use the inner courtyard as a private yet outdoor space, secluded from unwanted eyes. Pickle making, drying papads, oil bathing children would all happen here in the private patch of sunshine.!

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

  Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14078" align="aligncenter" width="263"]Traditional House of South India Leather Puppet[/caption]

  Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14110" align="aligncenter" width="263"]Traditional House of South India A corner to remember our parents & ancestors to whom we owe everything[/caption]

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14134" align="aligncenter" width="263"]Traditional House of South India To keep Evil Spirits away[/caption]

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South IndiaThe swing for adults - to sit and pass time thinking about important matters

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14143" align="aligncenter" width="263"]Traditional House of South India Grain & paste grinding mills[/caption]

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14148" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Traditional House of South India Inner Courtyard (chains from rain water)[/caption]

  Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India  Traditional House of South India

To swing the toddlers and babies to sleep in the afternoon siesta

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

  Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

  Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

  Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

  Traditional House of South India

  Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

[caption id="attachment_14200" align="aligncenter" width="499"]Traditional House of South India The neighbourhood[/caption]

What an enchanted life!

jm

Jan 2014




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