Colours : A visit to Arakal Palace

When I recently visited the Araikal Palace in KannurCalicut¬†, Kerala, What¬†fascinated¬†me more than the rich history that the place holds and a cameo¬†appearance¬†in a recent local flick is the rich colours¬†that the¬† place had to offer, The white palace with rich sky blue lining and its colourful windows drew me to my camera like a fly to the lamp. I would have be so wrong if i said that¬†that’s¬†all the place had to offer, but besides the colourful palace and its colourful windows were the colourful exhibition of paintings. A set of works by several local artists on the palace and its rich heritage, A fest of colours both intense and soothing. It was a colourful experience in all. A day of colour in the colourful city of kannur¬†calicut!
For those of you who have no idea what ‘Araikal’ family means and holds in the history of India, A bit of an extract from¬†Wikipedia¬†( I am no good in history, I flunked in more than once!). There you go a small but significant slice of India’s colonial history.
Arakkal kingdom¬†(Kingdom of Cannanore,¬†Sultanate of Lakshadweep and Cannanore) was a former city-state on the Malabar Coast, ruled by dynasty of the same name. The ruling King was called¬†Ali Raja¬†and the ruling queen was called¬†Arakkal Beevi.[1]¬†The king’s palace, which he purchased from the Dutch in 1663, was named¬†Arakkal Palace¬†after the ruling dynasty.


In the 17th century, one of the Padanairs (generals) of Kolathiri, Arayankulangara Nair, converted to Islam and adopted the name Muhammad Ali.[5] His wife was the daughter of Kolathiri, and they later came to be known as Arakkal.[5] Muhammad Ali continued in the service of the Kolathiris even after his conversion, and his successors known as the Mammali Kidavus were the hereditary Padanairs of the Kolathiri.[5] Around this time, many Muslim merchant families became financially influential in the Malabar region. When the Arakkal family took control of Laccadives, they achieved near-royal status.

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