The Metal Mirror known in the vernacular as “Aranmula Kannadi” may be termed as a Wonderful Creation. A mirror in the original sense made fully in metal reflects image from the metal surface as if from a glass mirror without side difference because the image originates from the surface of this mirror unlike the glass mirror where it originates from the bottom of glass at the level of mercury. Bronze and silver melted in a special ratio in a special furnace by a particular section of people of Aranmula, Kerala , India . It is a traditional craft handed over from generations and kept patented now. It is royal in look and used in ancient times by Royal and Aristocratic Families only. As whole it is molded and the mirror part is smoothened and polished, It is golden except the mirror part. It is one of the best items in the world to decorate visitor’s room, drawing room, bed rooms etc. In Kerala it is believed that it brings prosperity to the home where it locates.These are available in different beautiful shapes and sizes. Costs are also different as per the shape, size and quality
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Aranmula, the famed mirror-making centre in Kerala has enormous tourist potential, which the State government could tap, said Prabhakar Dubey, Director in the Union Ministry of Tourism. The Centre was ready to support tourism infrastructure development in Aranmula, if the State Government submitted a detailed project report.
Dr Dubey was talking to reporters during a visit to Aranmula on Wednesday. The well-known town, he said, had immense tourism potential. Visiting a workshop making the Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror) on the banks of the river Pampa, he said the metal mirrors would be one of the two artefacts from Kerala to be exhibited at the World Tourism Fair at Los Angeles in September.
The official also visited the centuries old Sree Parthsarathy Temple on the banks of the Pampa, Mural Art Gallery attached to Vastu Vidya Gurukulam (VVG), Heritage Museum of the Palliyoda Seva Sanghom (PSS) that runs the famous Uthrittathi snakeboat regatta on the river Pampa during the Onam festival.
Kathakali artiste and teacher Louba Schild, founder of Vijnana Kalavedi, bids adieu to her adopted land where she lived as a Malayali for 40 years. Her life in Aranmula was dedicated to promoting and preserving the art and culture of the land she adopted as her own.
There is very little of the French in her except for her name and accented English. Louba Schild is otherwise traditionally Malayali, in attire and attitude. Not surprising. For Louba has been in Kerala for 40 years now. Her life in Aranmula was dedicated to promoting and preserving the art and culture of the land she adopted as her own. Through Vijnana Kalavedi, which she established in 1977, Louba has been conserving the praxis of a rich heritage. She has passed on the baton to a large number of people from around the world who have been part of this enriching Vijnana Kalavedi experience.
Louba has now, quite surprisingly, decided to bring down the curtain on this cultural enterprise. Vijnana Kalavedi will be formally closed down by the end of this month. They had their final performance the other day at what looked a rather desolate venue. And in a few months’ time, Louba will be on her flight back home to Paris along with her 94-year-old mother, Nadia Schild Chipiloff.
“Don’t ask me why I’m doing this. It is a personal decision,” Louba tells you even before you try asking her this question. Prod her further and you realise that there is no rancour or ill-feeling, but it certainly appears to go beyond just ‘personal.’
Louba was drawn to Kerala’s rich culture, pulsating art and heritage. She studied Kathakali from great masters like Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, never missed a chance to perform, and dabbled in other classical and traditional arts. Through her institution she tried to pass on what she experienced to others who came from other lands. But somewhere down the line she realised the futility of all this.
“I think my biggest regret has been learning Kathakali. I should have remained a dedicated spectator rather than a practitioner. This art, like Indian culture, is so deep-rooted that anyone like me would be able to touch only the periphery. Even after all these years of learning and performing I have realised that it is still incomplete. There are certain things, simple though it might seem, that cannot be expressed by a person who is alien to this culture, this ethos. All these years I have been doing this, teaching, learning. I should have left it alone,” feels Louba.
The new model is designed by the famous artisan Mr.K.P.Ashokan, who made the most popular Aranmula Kannadi models during the last few decades.
He said that he is very pleased to release the new model on this Onam occasion, through Aranmula Kannadi Online Shop – aranmulamirror.com, the biggest shop of Aranmula Kannadi on web. It is a fixed stand type (Peedom) which weighs about 1.3kg and having the dimension 10.0 x 7.5 Inches and the mirror size of 4.5 inches.
The speciality of the model is its abundant hand work!
Aranmula vallasadya is usually served to the oarsmen of snake boats in a ceremonious ritual at the Sree Parthasarathy Temple at Aranmula.The world famous sadya contains about 56 delicious dishes including 4-5 variety of ‘Payasam’.
The custom of this unique ritual is that devotees who offer Vallasadya to the presiding deity have to serve the feast to the crew of the Palliyodams, which are the snake boats belonging to the presiding deity. Feast served to the crew is considered to be an offering to the Lord himself.
According to my calculations more than 40,000 peoples were participated in the vallasadya during the last year.
Various dishes are served in the background of songs sung to the tune of ‘Kuchelavritham Vanchipattu’. And through a song a team of singers will announce the dishes required for the people . “Kudineeru Kodukkenam Madikoodathe hoyi…Gajapada Valipathil Pappadam Venam hoyi…” these are the songs for serving drinking water and ‘pappadam’.
It is one of the 108 temples and one among the celestial abodes of Lord Vishnu revered by the tamil poets called Alwars(1stmillenium century bc)in their hymns.
Aranmula Parthasaradhi Temple is a major temple in Kerala. The Main idol of worship is Parthasaarathy(Krishna),who was the leader of Arjuna (the pandava prince)in Kurukshetra War. It is said that Arjuna built this temple at Nilackal near Sabarimalai to expiate for the sin of having killed Karna on the battlefield which was against the dharma of killing an unarmed enemy.The idol was brought to Aranmula in a raft made of six pieces of bamboo and
hence the name Aranmula (six pieces of bamboo). It is also believed that Lord Vishnu revealed
the knowledge of creation to Lord Brahma at this place.
The temple is on the left bank of the Pampa River.The temple has four towers over its entrances on its outer wall.The eastern tower is accessed through a flight of 18 steps.The 57 steps from the northern tower leads to river Pampa. The temple is noted for its architecture (vasthu) and fine mural paintings which dates to the 18th century.
The temple is on the left bank of the Pampa River.The sacred jewels (Thiruvaabharanam)of Lord Ayyappa is taken from Aranmula Temple ,in procession to Sabarimalai during the festival season every year.The temple is also known for the watersports (Aranmula vallam kali/boat race)involving a spectacular procession of snake boats.
The Aranmula mirror is also much related to the history of the temple.
This marvelous piece of ancient metallurgy, that gives distortion-free images, has been a key attraction to many a tourist, especially those from abroad.The ever-increasing demand for the metal mirror itself shows its growing popularity.Aranmula Kannadi or Arnamula Metal-mirror making is a long, intricate process that needs patience.
Secret recipe Of arnamula Kannadi
Some ‘undisclosed’ metals are alloyed with copper and tin to case the metal mirror in typical clay moulds. The method used is the age-old ‘lost-wax’ process.
The craftsman melts the metals in a pit-furnace fitted with a manual blower and pours it into clay moulds of different sizes.
The moulded metal disc will be mounted on a wooden plank to polish it using fine powder of burnt clay and castor oil on a jute cloth. The polished discs are mounted on bronze frames with exquisite carvings. It takes at least two weeks to make a dozen metal mirrors and the smallest of them (one-and-a-half inch) costs Rs.1,200
The origin of Aranmula Kannadi is closely linked with Sree Parthasarathjy Temple at Aranmula. Legend has it that the local king brought eight bronze-smith families to Aranmula in connection with the renovation of the temple centuries ago.
The artisans settled at Aranmula even after completion of the renovation work. Their descendants became lazy and a public nuisance, inviting the ire of the king who ordered their eviction.
The desperate artisans sought refuge in the presiding deity. The artisan families had a divine vision that presented the composition of a reflective piece that gives distortion-free images.
The artisans jointly molded a magnificent crown and presented it to the king. A pleased king not only pardoned them but also honored them with land and jewels.
Since then, the artisans took up metal mirror-making their profession, presenting a masterpiece in metallurgy to the world.