Architect-couple Sharat Sunder Rajeev and Sruthi Satheesan have married craft and art with their interest in Travancore history to come up with a range of collectibles that showcase what is unique to Thiruvananthapuram.
Sharat, a conservation architect, and Sruthi, an urban designer, had always nursed a dream to develop their artistic pursuits to make artefacts and art prints. Since November-December 2019, they had been choosing the themes, experimenting and designing. While Sruthi says she is more of a craftsperson, Sharat’s forte is sketching and painting.
Sharat, an author, blogger and history buff who writes on different aspects of life in erstwhile Travancore, decided to concentrate on images connected to Kerala, under the name ‘Soul of Kerala’. They launched it in December 2020 on their Instagram handle @owls.awl.
For their first lot of collectibles (in A3 and A4 sizes), they focussed on images from the capital city. So, perhaps for the first time, one can buy souvenirs of the Pandava effigies put up at Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple, Velakali warriors, Anchal Ottakaaran (postal employee who used to deliver mail and missives), Hanuman Pandaram and Bharatanatayam dancers from Thanjavur.
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