Tamil Brahmin community is believed to have migrated to Kochi approximately three centuries back.

The mostly live in gated communities called the Agraharas. In one of those Agraharas, named Karanthar Palayam there are approximately 450 families came from Thirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.

Despite being a class of priests, it was trade and business that brought them into Kochi like most of the other communities. 

The residents of Karanthar Palayam stil holds on to their Tamil Brahmin identities especially in their food and dressing. 

It was this community that played a significant role in popularizing Carnatic Music in Mattancherry and some of the members have made tremendous contributions that has enriched this tradition of music. 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY BIJU IBRAHIM: COMMUNITIES OF KOCHI

Places have souls and Mattancherry in the city of Kochi has a mystic one. Biju Ibrahim discovered this while documenting the lives of Kochi’s 38 communities through black and white pictures. Distinct in layers of identities – caste, faith, language, ethnicity and region – these communities have been welcomed over centuries and have, in turn, infused Mattancherry and Kochi with a rare and rich heritage. Historically, it has been home to Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus. The sea and port attracted sailors, traders from Arabia and Gujarat, preachers of Semitic faiths, colonisers such as the Dutch and Portuguese, political refugees and migrant labourers. A cross-section of India lives here in a radius of 5 kilometers. 

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AUTHOR & PHOTOGRAPHER

BIJU IBRAHIM

He captures the essence of rustic geographies, the people who are now becoming archive of the earth, the mythic & mystery of spaces & places, alleys of now filled with the density of then or before.

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URU ART HARBOUR

URU art harbour is a cultural hub situated at Kochi. URU seeks to be a space for collaboration and a continual hub for artistic, cultural, and intellectual exploration. Founded by Riyas Komu and Zoya Riyas.

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