Voices From The Past Art Illustrated
December 31, 2014, 6:30:00 PM
"The article illustrated by Vani Sriranganayaki Vanamamalai paves way into the history of Muziris and explains the salient features of the Muziris Heritage Project. Muziris, or Murachipattanam, was a port city situated in the Ernakulam and Thrissur districts of Kerala. The Muziris Heritage Project was established as a result of the 2006–2007 findings at the Pattanam excavation site by the Kerala Council of Historical Research.
The primary focus of the project is to reclaim the culture and heritage of the region through research, heritage conservation, and tourism development that will provide access to historic buildings.
Benny Kuriakose and Robin D'Cruz explain that the unique feature of the project is that it adopts an integrated approach towards heritage conservation, regional development, and tourism as a by product. The Paliam Palace, which has been converted to a museum telling the story of Kochi, and the ancient synagogue at Paravur, restored as a museum portraying the life and tradition of a community, are proof of the same. Traces left in Kodungallur and Paravur show that beliefs in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism existed in the 3rd century BC. International trade, which paved the way for rich and healthy cultural exchanges, has left its trace in art and architecture.