Aranmula Kannadi Mela in Trivandrum – The Hindu Report

The wonder mirror without glass – the Aranmula Kannadi has been a long-standing reflection of the State’s rich metallurgical traditions.

The takers for this fascinating mirror have only been increasing each year. However, artisans willing to carry on this unique craftsmanship are on the decline.

In an effort to popularise this tradition, an exhibition of Aranmula mirrors is being held at the SMSM Institute in the city. “The exhibition is a way to promote the artisans and encourage their efforts,” said K.J. George, an official at the institute.

The mirrors displayed come in various shapes and sizes. The frames are shaped in the form of swans, sun, conch, and lotus and the traditional ‘valkannadi’. Hand-held mirrors, mirrors on stands, and those for decorating walls are available.

This hand-made metal-alloy mirror is said to be an alloy of copper and tin, which is polished for several days to get the end product. The price for the mirrors ranges from Rs.1,600 to Rs.55,000. Theshow will end on March 31.

Report in The Hindu

Valkannadi – What is special about it?

Aranmula Valkannadi

Aranmula Valkannadi

Valkannadi – or the hand mirrors are got a very special place among the aranmula kannadi models. 7 out of 10 requests we are getting everyday is of valkannadi’s. Though several models of aranmula kannadis are available, this has got a very good reputation among the models.

Valkannadi is a very traditional model of aranmula kannadi. During the early ages, the aranmula kannadi’s were made only in one model, which is valkannadi. the ladies used this valkannadi to admire their beauty, during the royal ages, and valkannadi is the most important thing in the auspicious ‘Ashtamangalya’ set.

And another fact is, the valkannadi resembles the goddess laxmi, means the goddess of wealth and prosperity. It believes that keeping an aranmula kannadi in home will invite the goddess lekshmy to the house, and that brings the wealth and prosperity to the house and its people.

Now a days, there is a variety of valkannadi models, which you can see here…

Aranmula Palliyodam

Chundan Vallam (Beaked Boat) known to the outside world as Kerala snake boats are one of the icons of Kerala culture used in the Vallamkali

Constructed according to specifications taken from the Sthapathya Veda, an ancient treatise for the building of wooden boats, these boats are anywhere from 100 to 138 ft in length. With the rear portion towering to a height of about 20 ft. and a long tapering front portion, it resembles a snake with its hood raised. Its hull is built of planks precisely 83 feet in length and six inches wide.

Here is the photo of Aranmula Palliyodam.

Nettoor petti or nettur jewel box

we – aranmulakannadi.org – a website dedicated for providing useful information about aranmula kannadi, is now featuring another traditional and precious handicraft of kerala.

Nettoor Petti or Nettur Jewel Box

Nettoor Petti

This time we are featuring NETTUR PETTI or NETTOOR JEWEL BOX. World famous Nettoor petti’s are exquisite jewelry boxes harks back to a vintage era.The nettoor boxes are now rated as a collector’s item, are fashioned out of rosewood (eeti) and countrywood. After the boxes are made, they are embellished with metals. The design of the ornamentation work on the exterior of the nettoor pettiis inspired by the temple architecture of Kerala.

The usual designs are adaptations of the gopurams of the temples or the chithrapootu, which is also known as manichithrathazhu. Themanichithrathazhu motif became popular after the Malayalam film by the same name ran to packed houses.

You can buy Authentic Nettur Petti /Nettur Jewel box from greatindiancrafts.com.

Click Here to see the Nettur Petti models and buying them

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Aranmula vallasadya preparations started

Preparations for famous Aranmula Vallasadya has been started for 2010. This time we are making sure that all the dishes are being served by the contractors. we formed a society and squad to verify it and if public has any complains, they can handover those complaints to the special squad in charge there.

So this time we hope there would be more crowd than ever before

The land of aranmula kannadi is choosen as the best district in kerala.

Which is the best district in Kerala to live (based on education, hygiene, entertainment, communication, healthcare, transportation, home amenities and kitchen facilities)? Thiruvanathapuram, Kochi, Kozhikode…surprise, surprise – it is Pathanamthitta. As per the latest survey by National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO), this hilly district is the best one in Kerala. The money power of Thiruvalla and the culture of Aranmula have been put to good use, it seems.

The first 20 spots are, as expected, occupied by the major metros:
1.    Central Delhi
2.    North Delhi
3.    New Delhi
4.    Mumbai
5.    Mumbai Suburban
6.    Dimapur (Assam)
7.    Pune
8.    Chandigarh
9.    Bangalore Urban
10.    Chennai
11.    Kolkotta
12.    Pathanamthitta
13.    Aizawl (Mizoram)
14.    South Goa
15.    Fatehgard Sahib(Punjab)
16.    Patiala
17.    Ahmedabad
18.    North Goa
19.    Jalandhar
20.    South Delhi

Aranmula International airport

It is a dream for everyone in Aranmula village, as well as the entire central travancore.  If things go by as scheduled, the State will have another state-of-the-art international airport in the next five years.

The company promoted by NORKA, a consortium of non-resident Keralites, and Mount Zion Trust has already appointed KITCO as a consultant for developing the private International airport at Aranmula.

The company had acquired about 500 acres of land at Aranmula in Pathanamthitta district for developing the airport.

The proposed aranmula airport is situated very near to Aranmula parthasarthi temple and pampa river, where the traditional aranmula kannadi is being made. arrival of airport will boost the tourism in this place, and hence the traditional arts and crafts forms like Aranmula metal mirror, and vasthuvidya will get promoted in to a more wider aspect.

Visit aranmula aviation website: http://www.aranmulaaviation.org/

New Aranmula Kannadi Model Lanuched

A new model of Aranmula kannadi launched today. This new model of aranmula metal mirror is named as AMS1013.  It is a valkannadi model with a long and artistic tail. and this model of aranmula kannadi comes with a hook , behind the mirror.

See the picture of new Aranmula Kannadi model:

Aranmula Valkannadi AMS1013

Aranmula Valkannadi AMS1013