The students of the Architecture department at Papni School of Architecture visited Dakshina Chitra Museum as a part of their academic study. The museum is a cultural centre that showcases the living heritage and traditions of India through its architecture, crafts, arts and culture. The museum showcases the architectural styles from all over the south Indian states, with special emphasis on Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
The museum is based on the concept of “Live-in galleries” which allows visitors to experience living in a different culture and time period. The students were able to see how people lived in South India during the 18th century through displays at the museum including clothing, food, furniture, and other household items. The visit was also an opportunity for students to learn about traditional Indian architecture that can be seen throughout the exhibits. They learned that many parts of these buildings are open, so they can take advantage of natural light and ventilation all year long without using electricity or artificial lights during daytime hours.
The visit to this museum was an eye-opener for these students, who were accustomed to viewing architecture through only one perspective. The collections at the museum are displayed in such a way that it is easy for visitors to understand how buildings and towns were designed according to local customs and traditions. The exhibition showcased traditional houses from different parts of India, which gave insight into how people used materials like mud or bamboo depending on what was available locally. It also showed how ancient Indian architects had mastered the art of designing with limited resources, using techniques like terracotta tiles or decorative plasterwork on walls made out of mud bricks. This visit helped the students see architecture through many perspectives, which will help them become better designers when they return home. They thoroughly enjoyed this trip and would love to go back again soon!