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© Niharika Sanyal
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This is the traditional courtyard house of Kerala, known as the nalakettu. A tulsi is planted in the centre of the court, and is worshipped as Brahma. It is the basic 1X1 unit of measurement.

The layers around it are said to be the dwelling places of the devas (Gods), the manushya (Humans) and the pishacha (demons), in terms of the traditional vastushastra. Vastushastra is an ancient doctrine that dictates how the laws of nature affect the nature of dwellings. Based on this, the functions and organization of the dwellings are planned.

For example, the 'pisahchanidhi' (outer ring for demons) becomes the verandah around the house. It is only used as an anti-space for connections, not for living.

A courtyard like this marks the centre of a home and opens upwards, breaking the planes, forming a symbolic connection with the other world. If home is where the heart is then the heart is where the court is. Each home has its own open-to-sky court that serves as an invitation for nature and its elements – wind, water and sunlight – to enter the home.

Thank you for the nomination, Pedro Teixeira!

In the Kerala! photo essay.

10 responses

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (18 Dec 2011):

    wonderful light!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson   gave props (18 Dec 2011):

    Beautiful image.

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith said (18 Dec 2011):

    Love the composition and also the history.

  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira   gave props (18 Dec 2011):

    Beautiful B&W composition and a great use of ligth.Well done!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 Dec 2011):

    Fabulous lighting on this!!! Excellent tones.

  • Min Chai Liu

    Min Chai Liu gave props (18 Dec 2011):

    Very well shot and presented

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (20 Dec 2011):

    Stellar image and narrative....most excellent....love the b&w....

  • Stefano Zeminian

    Stefano Zeminian gave props (21 Dec 2011):

    mervellous contrast, Niharika, mervellous texture, mervellous BW

  • Siddharth Kumar

    Siddharth Kumar gave props (27 Dec 2011):

    Great lighting!

  • Dipali S

    Dipali S (Deleted) gave props (26 Jan 2012):

    Awesome capture of light and subject!

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