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"Vaasarpadi "(Main Entrance) to "Thinnai " house

Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 8 October 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This is the front elevation of the typical rural house in Thanjavur district. Tamil Nadu, South India.

The passageway leads to a the Main Door (Vaasarpadi in Tamil) which has intricately carved designs. The rectangular designs on either side of the door are excavations in the wall called "Maadam" in which- lamps are placed.
On either side of the passageway is a raised platform called " Thinnai"with pillars...Hence these houses are called "Thinnai Veedu" ( thinnai - houses)

Inside, one can see the brightly sunlit courtyard and subsequently the backdoor- similar wooden door(Kollai Vaasarpadi) but not so intricately dsigned...and the garden in the backyard.

My shot tomorrow which shows the Thinnai in greater detail will conclude my series on these houses...

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful capture, Sunder

8 Oct 2010 5:35am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Beautiful architectural demonstration of these houses! The colors and materials are warm ...

8 Oct 2010 5:40am

Phil D. Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Could never complain about being in that house. Wonderful.

8 Oct 2010 5:56am

Ginnie from Netherlands

This works a real wide-angle treat, Sunder. I also love the vanishing-point perspective of doorway after doorway!

8 Oct 2010 6:09am

G. Aunión from Mérida, Spain

wonderful colours

8 Oct 2010 6:27am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb house, these are splendid woodwork. Very nice series that made me discover these magnificent houses. Good day.

8 Oct 2010 6:28am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Nice entrance. Colors and wood are beautiful.

8 Oct 2010 6:42am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful colours and light on this lovely shot

8 Oct 2010 7:06am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

un cadrage efficace pour cette impressionnante entrée.

8 Oct 2010 7:09am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

What a superb image. I really like the perspective here! Well done.

8 Oct 2010 7:33am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Great PoV - the framing for this shot is super. Well done.

8 Oct 2010 7:39am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Hug door of hug house..Beautiful carving work ...Nicely spotted.

8 Oct 2010 7:41am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great capture, very well done.

8 Oct 2010 7:43am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

A real treat for me to see this.. thanks for sharing.

8 Oct 2010 7:43am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

bonne lumière ... et excellente symétrie

8 Oct 2010 7:52am

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

good light and excellent symetry

8 Oct 2010 7:52am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

I really enjoy the symmetry you have captured here! great shot!

8 Oct 2010 7:54am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Une entrée somptueuse qui laisse deviner le faste à l'intérieur de la demeure!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

8 Oct 2010 8:13am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Lovely view into the marvellous architecture of this region. You capture the detail of the design so well.

8 Oct 2010 8:21am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Very good framing and fantastic architecture details... well done Sunder ! Have a lovely day :)

8 Oct 2010 8:23am

Florence from Paris, France

A superb architecture. Excellent framing.

8 Oct 2010 8:45am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely documented

8 Oct 2010 9:57am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Beautiful tones on the wood columns.

8 Oct 2010 10:01am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Outstanding. Thanks for sharing your culture with us in such a beautiful way

8 Oct 2010 11:29am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

another wonderful shot and very informative post, am enjoying and learning from this series

8 Oct 2010 12:44pm

tataray from france, France

Bien documentée. Belle capture . ))
Magnifique lumière.

8 Oct 2010 12:47pm

Iknow from Chengdu, China

love it! very traditional, thanks for sharing!!

8 Oct 2010 1:11pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

warm colors it has

8 Oct 2010 1:34pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I love these images from a door leads to another and another ... mystery at the end. Beautiful picture!

Best regards, Adela

8 Oct 2010 3:22pm

Pied Crow from Nairobi, Kenya

What an enticing entryway, and a solid and welcoming home.

8 Oct 2010 3:28pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

really enjoying this tour Sunder!

8 Oct 2010 4:41pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Great composition for a very nice entrance

8 Oct 2010 5:09pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Sunder
Their culture is very interesting including the representation. The warm colors and viewing angles are excellent. The link I looked at it. It was very interesting. Thank you for the explanation.
Have a nice weekend and all the best, incl. your family. Sincerely Christel

8 Oct 2010 5:25pm

Chriss from Saint Paul, Reunion

Très belle harmonie !
Very beautiful harmony!

8 Oct 2010 5:55pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

buen encuadre y bonitos colores , bien

8 Oct 2010 6:02pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Great and beautiful colors and light on this lovely shot

8 Oct 2010 6:57pm

Terral from Ponoka, Alberta, Canada

Beautiful entrance.

8 Oct 2010 7:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

An elegant and beautiful house. Your photo is gorgeous!

8 Oct 2010 8:30pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

excellent. wonderful leading lines.

8 Oct 2010 8:55pm


Superbe photo!Bravo!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

8 Oct 2010 10:19pm

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

WOW! Fabulous. : )))

9 Oct 2010 12:40am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is amazing. I think I want to move there.

9 Oct 2010 1:53am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Just stunning - so warm and inviting.

9 Oct 2010 2:36am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Wow this is beautiful Sunder! Perhaps you mentioned and I just did not see, but I was wondering, is that wood mahogony or teak or something else...or do you know? ;-) Great image Sunder!!...

9 Oct 2010 2:45am

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Excellent capture ! Love the lighting and the symmetry, nice colors.

9 Oct 2010 3:25am

Véronique from Here & Now, France

La perspective fait penser à l'entrée d'un temple, ou tout concours à la sérénité. Une très belle invitation à entrer dans cet univers.
Jolie photo

9 Oct 2010 8:54am

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Stunning entrance, interesting information too

10 Oct 2010 8:09am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

fantastic house! I really appreciate the infos you give on your shots.

10 Oct 2010 10:01am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

love to see your land

11 Oct 2010 6:46pm