Uliyanur Perum Tachan: The Master Architect of Kerala

Uliyanur or the village of Uliyan is a riverine island like formation within the two distributaries of river Periyar, west of Aluva in Ernakulam district of Kerala. Uliyan or the chiseller is a denotation for the renowned carpenter in folk lore. The greatest chiseller and master architect in Kerala according to legend is Perum Tachan […]

Changaram Komarath: The Ancient Household of Mitavadi C Krishnan in Mullassery

I revisited the Changaram Komarath household of Mitavadi in early April 2013 after almost¬† four years.¬† Though I had read a lot on Mitavadi and his counter hegemonic struggles against caste and untouchability from my early doctoral research stage in 2002 onwards, I first visited the place in 2009 while teaching briefly in an Engineering […]