Kerala

 It was perfect. The weather, the place, the people, the FOOD. There was so much positivity all around us, and as we made the Pulavars...


 It was perfect. The weather, the place, the people, the FOOD. There was so much positivity all around us, and as we made the Pulavars home pretty much ours, we didn't realize how much we all had let gone. Everyone had so much energy, away from all the pollution, so close to nature, we probably worked way harder compared to what we do in college, but there was no fatigue at all.

The highlight of the trip for me were the Pulavars. I actually had a very different image of Mr. RC, based on the movies we had watched about Tholpava koothu. I thought being one of the few
people who are trained in this art, he would be very rigid and orthodox in conserving it. However, through the time i spent in kerala i realized that actually he's way ahead of his time, and even ours maybe. I noticed that he enjoys working with young people because they're the most enthusiastic about new things, and don't have the kind of inhibitions that someone as learned as him in an art might have developed over the years. One can see him trying to unlearn, which is what keeps any art fresh in society.


The family was extremely loving and treated us like family. They went out of there way to make sure we were comfortable, which was extremely touching.

We made shadow puppets with goat skin, with iron tools and hammers, just like the did. It felt good, not using technology, but one has to admit, its made life way easy. Its took me about eight nine hours of work to make my fish, and there was a point where I thanked god for Vinayaka laser cutters. But, when we were all done, we put them behind the screen, which was traditionally lit with the eleven lamps made from coconut. It was beautiful. I might have gotten a little emotional as well.


















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  1. love your puppet!
    And yes the food made me fall in love with that place even more.
    Coconut oil can do wonders to the recipe.

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