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Traditional Architecture & Art in the Houses of South India

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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.

Flowers at the entrance

Decorate the home every morning with fresh flowers at the entrance

Lord Ganesh

And fresh Rangoli patterns every morning for Lord Ganesh at the entrance

 Traditional House of South India

Traditional House of South India

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

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

Traditional House of South India

Watching the comings and goings of various family members from the inner parts of the house, without being seen

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

Space for the master of the house to conduct his administrative business

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

Traditional House of South India

Leather Puppet

  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

A corner to remember our parents & ancestors to whom we owe everything

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

To keep Evil Spirits away

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

Traditional House of South India

Grain & paste grinding mills

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

Inner Courtyard (chains from rain water)

  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

Traditional House of South India

The neighbourhood

What an enchanted life!

jm

Jan 2014

8 comments on “Traditional Architecture & Art in the Houses of South India

  1. SnowFlake
    January 15, 2014

    Wow, thanks for sharing with us such beautiful images, the homes look magnificent!

  2. sindhoooo
    January 15, 2014

    Heavenly beauty of traditional houses of the Indian Western coast! These outstanding architectural captures reminds me of my native and my granny’s place in Dakshina Kannada and Kasargod respectively. Most of the traditional houses in Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada also follow similar architecture. If you are interested to know further about traditional houses of Dakshina Kannada, you may visit Manipal Heritage Village.

    Even I have a dream like you, to live in such a divine house!

    Regards,
    Sindhu

  3. Dinesh.S
    May 1, 2014

    Its amazing yar, really superb

  4. Gitismita Naik
    July 10, 2014

    I have lived my entire childhood in such a house and this brings back memories. It is very much painful to see the same house ruined and abandoned now. Inspite of all the glitz and glamour of these days I would like to live again in a house with a closed courtyard and a garden..

  5. s.suguna
    January 31, 2016

    Very excellent collections. I had the chance of being in.this environment till my teen age. When i look back i feel i have missed many of these things.
    Thanks for your display.

  6. monia singhal
    June 19, 2016

    very good collection

  7. Anonymous
    July 6, 2016

    really excellent and v.v.rare pictures to see.And even I like to build a house like this while I build my house.v efficient job .I appreciate u to do more like this

  8. Anonymous
    November 22, 2016

    this is fantastic
    very useful 4 designers to use ideas in modern times

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