Friday, July 25, 2014

Ahalia Heritage Village - Part 1

"Gaghori Bhoroni Choli Radha Rani..."
I can still hear the echo of the Bangla song in Manimalaji's voice. It's still ringing inside me...I can't get over it!

My trip to Ahalia Heritage Village has been nothing but a dream come true. I am back invigorated and feeling miraculous! The warmth and hospitality with which they greeted is something uncommon these days. Everyone who drops here would certainly feel important. The place itself is set in an idlyllic environment where there exists nothing between you and nature. One will certainly feel refreshed!!! Thoughts are sure to get uncluttered and there would definitely be an inspiration over-doze! 

Ahalia Heritage Village is around 40 minutes drive from Palakkad City, en route Coimbatore. They even a bus service from the city at 10:20  every morning from Mangalam Towers near Town Bus stand.

The main reason for the current celebration there is the 'Chitram' Tribal Art Camp which was on from 16 July which concluded today. Artists from Bengal, Odisha, Andra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have come together to colour the walls of Ahalia campus with their mesmerizing murals. The inaugural function was presided over by the well-known artist and photographer Pepitha Seth.

Be sure to be patient as this is indeed a long post with loads of pictures of the Heritage village.

This is an extremely interesting sculpture as this is based on Gandhiji's 3 monkey postures but in here you can see the monkey holding 3 Gandhijis with the same postures.

Different units or camps are scattered in the 3000 acre campus :



The green room or aniyara is situated between the amphi-theatre and the koothambalam. Yesterday when I visited they were preparing the koothambalam as they had a programme coming up that evening with invited dignitaries.

The Kerala mural camp is one that we should never even dream to miss. They are the treasure-house of our rich and vibrant mural culture. Each pillar, each wall is so inviting that one could spend a day for each one of them and this is definitely no exaggeration. 
This is where I was offered sumptuous food and that was a luxury for a visitor :)

Dhanesh holding the artwork of Sujil, an artist who is also in the process of doing a Kerala mural. 

Leaving you with a click of Dhanesh who accompanied me, guiding me patiently through the nook and corner of the camp briefing where ever necessary and offering all the help needed. Indebted to you Dhanesh :) 

Sneak peek of a talented artist & art

This is just the first part of the see what's inside the mural camp and the artists working on the walls as part of the camp, you need to come back...Be sure to check as there are some AMAZING (this is indeed an under-statement!) artists to blow over you. There is an interesting and drooling piece of audio clipping as well...stay tuned :)

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Disclaimer: I am not paid to promote Ahalia Heritage Village. It is out of my sheer interest for the place and fascination for the art that I am lovingly engaged in writing this post :)

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Terri Morse said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful place! I enjoyed seeing the beautiful art, and the campus looks like a lovely haven for an artist. Have a nice weekend! -Terri

Valerie-Jael said...

What a fantastic place, so much to see and discover. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Valerie

Unknown said...

Oh I feel like I was there! I love your pictures and descriptions. Thanks for sharing your journey :)

xo Tam Hess
Happy Paint Party Friday!

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and inspiring place. It looks amazing!

Faye said...

Wow, Deepa, what an experience! Looks like a gorgeous spot.

Robin said...

All I can say is WOW!!!! Thank you for sharing and I am looking forward to seeing more in the near future. Happy PPF, Rasz #64

Giggles said...

Very interesting place with great photos can't wait to see the artwork!

Hugs Giggles

Ash said...

I have said a 100 times before; If there is a paradise on earth, it is this,it is this, it is this - Dr. Ashok,Consultant Diabetologist & CMO, Ahalia Diabetes Hospital

Linda Kunsman said...

this looks like a divine place I'd love to visit! Thank you for sharing-and what a gorgeous painting Danesch is holding.

Ilona Heimböckel said...

It looks like a wonderful place to visit!
Happy PPF

Beth Niquette said...

What a lovely place. And such a perfect place to create beautiful artwork.

DVArtist said...

Ohhhh this is such a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

A Homemaker's Utopia said...

Breathtaking pictures and Wonderful place..Seems a must visit for creative people.Thanks for posting :)

magiceye said...

It sure seems Edenic! Doew it have any facilities for accommodation?

Tomichan Matheikal said...

Wonderful. I'd love to have been there... Will make it one day to the campus.

I had to google to find out the location of Ahalia; I think you'd have done a service to readers by giving those details.

AmitAag said...

Wonderful place! Worth a visit definitely for a week at least:)

Bikram said...

That sure looks like a beautiful place ,, so green and serene it looks .. thank you for sharing beautiful pictures


Nadya said...

what a delïghtful tour of this fascinating heritage center, it would be amazing to visit ...BéÂüTïFüL!