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This picture shows the exterior façade of the house at Dakshinachitra which is the reconstruction of the common façade of smaller Nattukottai Chettiar merchant houses from 1850 through the 19th century. Please note the outside columned verandah of Burmese teak.

This house was reconstructed / replicated from a merchant house in the village of Ariyakudi. You may find similar Chettiar houses today in seventy six villages located in Pudukottai, Pasumpom Muthuramalingam and Sivaganga districts of Tamil Nadu.

Dakshinachitra – As name suggests, it means a “picture of South”. Dakshina Chitra is a non profit community service project of the Madras Craft foundation for the promotion and preservation of the cultures of the diverse people of India with emphasis on Tamilnadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

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