Architectural and Ethnological Museum of Dakshin Chitra
India, Muttukadu

It's no secret that India is a country with a rich historical and cultural heritage. The Dakshin Chitra Architectural and Ethnological Museum was created with the aim of preserving and popularizing the cultural traditions of southern India. Literally, Dakshin Chitra is translated as the Painting of the South, and it should be noted that the museum fully corresponds to its name. The open-air architectural museum in the suburb of Chennai is a unique place where you can get acquainted with the life of the four southern states of India. In fact, Dakshina Chitra is something like a village in which authentic buildings from different regions are connected together like a patchwork quilt, creating an atmosphere of a cozy Indian heartland. It should be noted that the buildings presented in the museum are not reconstruction, they were carefully dismantled at the place of the original construction, transported to the museum and reassembled here. The museum is also unique in that there are almost no protective ropes that block the passage along the route for tourists, which provides the opportunity to visit almost every corner of the house. And there is something to see in the houses, because together with the buildings, the life of the communities of a particular region was recreated here, interior items and traditional clothes were recreated. The museum presents not only the interior decoration of various typical houses, the appearance of the typical streets of a village is no less scrupulously restored. Walking along Dakshin Chitra, you can talk with the potter and make a pot yourself on the potter’s wheel, see how a weaver or glassblower works and even get a sample of traditional Indian henna painting.
In Dakshina Chitra, festivals of traditional song, dance and theater are constantly held. Many training programs developed by museum staff for both adults and children are designed to popularize the traditional crafts of southern India. Practical seminars and master classes for schoolchildren are constantly held here, at which children are taught modeling, weaving and traditional painting techniques, passing along the history of the region. On the territory of the museum there are several shops with handicrafts, paintings and jewelry, craftsmen, artisans and artists are attracted here.

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