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Mangala Heritage Resort - The Hindu

September 3, 2011 at 6:30:00 PM

The Hindu newspaper writes about Mangala Heritage Resort, which was conserved by Benny Kuriakose and Associates. Madhumita Srinivasan, for The Hindu, visits the heritage home in Thirupugalur and recounts her experience. "The Spartan exterior was a contrast to what the home was like inside. It is a traditional Chettinad-style house that is divided into two parts—the front portion with the open courtyard right in the centre, two bedrooms and a yard; and the back portion beyond the yard, with the kitchen, dining area and two more bedrooms.

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"It’s not the structure, but what Shanta Guhan, a member of The Crafts Council of India, and designer Benny Kuriakose, credited with designing Dakshinachitra, have done to it. The facelift comes from the contrastingly painted walls (bright yellow, blue, and orange), polished pillars, double wooden swings, framed artwork, brass artefacts, cement bathtubs, and brass fittings in the bathroom. With just four bedrooms, privacy is ample; even when you are sitting out on the verandah, the villagers go about their business, except maybe a few kids trying to while away a Saturday evening." Read on to know all about it.

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