Thursday, January 29, 2015

Monuments Of Trivandrum

Being a tourist in ones own place. Last summer vacations, all of us wandered many times into the palace complex beside the famous Padmanabhaswamy temple. It was a way of teaching our children and learning too..not to forget the beautiful past and the remains which we still hold tight in our memories.

The city of Trivandrum is a mix of modern and traditional architecture, which is visible in its Temples and Palaces. The narrow winding lanes of the city allow visitors to take in the ambience of old Kerala through the pagoda-style buildings and red-tiled roofs.Most of the monuments here are very typically native in their construction. 

Trivandrum boasts of a rich historical and traditional background and colorful culture, and thus it houses a number of important historical monuments and places.Trivandrum is said to have modernized under His highness the late  Uthradom Thirunal's rule. The city today is a large, rambling city dispersed across a series of lush forested hills on the edge of the Arabian Sea. It retains a strong vernacular character, with red-tiled roofs and a common local architectural style. 

Standing adjoining the well-known Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple at the East Fort in Trivandrum, Kuthiramalika or Puthenmalika palace was  built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore. He is quite famous as a fine statesman, poet, musician and social reformer. This palace is a great example of very few left specimens of the traditional Travancore style of architecture where exquisite wood is also used. Now transformed into a museum, it consists  of paintings and various other priceless collections of the royal family.Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma built the Kuthiramalika Palace over 200 years ago. The name Kuthiramalika means 'palace of horses' and is derived from the frieze of 122 wooden horses on the exterior walls.

Kuthiramalika Palace was constructed with teak, rosewood, granite and marble. Elaborate carvings within the palace include two thrones - one is made entirely from elephant tusks and the other from Bohemian crystal. Kuthiramalika Palace houses the Maharaja's music room where visitors have a good view of the temple, which was a source of inspiration for the ruler. Other rooms offered on the tour include other music halls, reading rooms, and a library.Noted for the Keralan architecture, the palace took 5,000 workers over 4 years to complete. The interior of Kuthiramalika features European mirrors and chandeliers, weapons, crystal, Kathakali idols, elephant howdahs and other memorabilia.

Sree Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma Chithralayam  has been set up at Ranga Vilasam Palace to provide the public with an authentic perspective on the glorious past of  Travancore.
Conceived by His Highness Sree Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma Maharaja, the museum’s collection includes (besides valuable articles possessed by the Royalty) rare photographs taken by His Highness, himself  a connoisseur of photography, and other ace photographers like William D’Cruz etc are  set in traditional royal ambience. 

Kuthiramalika Palace

a moment to be frozen..the feet and snails

Levi hall in the palace complex

flower type works on the roof with wood

a couple of old residences in the palace complex

A view of the back of the gallery

art gallery

Levi hall

H.H.Uthradom Thirunal Marthanda Varma chitralayam

roof and walls in wood in the residence complex

All images  and Ideas:Lakshmi Arvind Text
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

these Christmas Days 2014!

We made it a December to remember.I hope all of you would have made it:)-
In between the bouts of cough and cold and the season of flu and the mighty fog that lingered around we bravely put up our Christmas trees and lights and the precious hand made ornaments we  treasured through the years!

loved these lines:)-
Christmas is forever,not just one day for loving sharing and giving,
are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel,in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do for yourself!

I sincerely hope all your days  to be bright and merry and happy dear readers!
Let us enjoy the images of Christmas and December in camera some instagram shots too:)-

All ideas and Images :Lakshmi Arvind
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Styling Session at Good Earth!

That was a wonderful evening:)-with the designer Pavitra Rajaram Sharing the tips of styling your home and your dining table for your guests.Although she says a gorgeous white table cloth is a must ,she also tells us that you can play with colours.It was within minutes that she created magic on the table and her quick DIY tips were amazing.

Those included some brown beads on the table and some old patch work beneath the bowl to create a christmas effect and runner made of the same cloth.Also the golden cadbury dairy milk in the quarter plate along with a photo of Gayatri devi and her husband with quotes written on it and the table spreads were as simple as cloth bought per metre from the local markets of Delhi.!Voila and the spread is ready..

All Images Lakshmi Arvind.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pavitra Rajaram Design!

Pavitra Rajaram.The Interior designer and Head Designer and Director of Visual Merchandising of Good Earth, the flag ship store that retails in various locations in India.In addition to creating designs for textiles and table ware.

Rajaram conceptualises the interiors of the flagship and is responsible for the stores visual merchandising.

A wonderful opportunity with one of its styling sessions helped me in meeting this amazing designer,down to earth and always ready to share tips and tricks with styling ones house!

Her tableware and textiles are one of a kind,quite surprised at the various designs being churned out :)- Pavitra!
Here's a melange/profusion of images from her designs,her styling and her home...enjoy as I will bring in more of her table designs which she taught us at Good Earth!

a sneak peek into her home

in her words..where they play scrabble and monopoly

her book shelf which has been painted at the back
living room

another living room

a farm house designed by her

one of the apartments she designed

her collage of mixed media

textiles prints

all into textiles

an upholstered chair in ajrakh/cushion in ikat

a side table..always add trays for the design

a bedroom designed by her ,wall paper is her collection

another bedroom and wall paper

another bedroom

latest is the anar series on table ware and textiles

gorgeous table settings

finally a peek into pavitra!

All images:Pavitra Rajaram Design.please ask her permission before you copy it or use it.
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