On my way to Mahabalipuram, I stumbled upon a place called as DakshinaChitra – a very inviting structure and concept. DakshinChitra – is a well maintained space for showcasing dakshin i.e southern India with respect to culture, lifestyle, type of houses and art. Along with this, they also conduct various workshops for kids and adults.
As I entered the place, this piece of art caught my attention. A person was engrossed in creating a detailed – classic art work.
Pattachitra is a general term for traditional, cloth-based scroll painting, based in the eastern Indian state, Odisha. In the Sanskrit language, “Patta” literally means “cloth” and “Chitra” means “picture”. Most of these paintings depict stories of Hindu deities.
This art work needs patience and passion, it needs to be practiced for years so as to get to engrave on the leaves – says Prafullakumar.
The process is mentioned in the image below :
His small setup at Dakshinachitra has numerous art works, some of the as shown below :
Detailing of this art is breathtaking
How to reach DakshinaChitra
East Coast Road, Muttukadu, Kanchipuram District Pin : 603 112
109( cut service),109,588,599. Any call taxi can be hired
Bus stop – MGM Dizzee world . 200 meters from MGM Dizzee world.
Note: Eatables not permitted to be brought inside the museum. Space provided beside the parking area to eat food.
You open Instagram, and see almost everyone visiting Goa thrice a year!!!
Beaches, Beer and … hahaha, lets not get there. Next time when you plan Goa trip, have Reis Magos in your To-Do list. A nice drive from Candolim beach – via nerul-panji road, takes you to the fort. It will be awesome treat for your camera and eyes too.
You will be surprised to see how well the fort is restored and maintained. Please spare enough time for this visit, rushing through the fort will make you miss it heavily. Lets visit Reis Magos – with following pictures
Entrance of Fort
Some stats : Till August 2015
Mario Miranda Drawing exhibit
Uphill towards fort – there are shuttle vehicles which can be used
This is interesting…
Dealth Hole on top
From the top floor
Restoration History of Reis Magos
Battle : Ready
View from the fort
Well equiped fort… Great objects for photographers
Recommend this place to friends who are visiting goa, recently Mangesh, my friend visited and was amazed. Same way as this recommendation came in from Amrita | Do visit her site TRAVELING IDES OF MARCH
Shed off that pride of being an Indian, Russian, a Punekar, or a proud to be Mumbaikar! We react very slowly as humans, we react as a person. Certainly and obviously so. I stepped in Auroville boundary, and the space changed me. I was more quiet, more receptive, thoughtful. The best part was, I was alone. So I discussed the charm of the place, love for details, the peace, the green patches with myself. As I walked towards MatriMandir, me and mind – had a wonderful conversation.
Was eager to see the globelike structure – Maatrimandir.
I wont talk about how Matrimandir was built, what is the philosophy behind it etc etc. The place i is sufficiently intoxicating. Without keeping a tab on time, i spent hrs sitting admiring the architecture, clicking pictures and doing nothing. Silence, is what I loved.
Would want to go back to Auroville, stay there, interact with people from various countries, share ideas and be a part of a universal city in the making in south-India.