The local artisans engage in traditional crafts such as the Aranmula metal mirror, the mural paintings or the construction of boats, which are taken to the river Pampa for the annual boat race.
Painting murals is a ritual art form. Themes selected from religious texts and figures are drawn after reciting invocations for creating the perfect expression and ornamentation. Colours are prepared from herbal extracts, rare soils and stones, and even the painting is prepared out of the stem of a particular grass. It takes atleast a year to complete a single painting. The Mural Art Gallery Gallery, set up by the Vastu Vidhya Gurukulam Vastu Vidya Gurukulam
Set up to preserve and popularise the Mural art. Visitors may enroll in a two year course at the Gurukalam to train in mural making. Besides, the Mural Art Gallery helps visitors understand the process and rituals that go into each painting, such as the preparation of the brush and natural colours, the making of the outlines and even several brush strokes. These paintings were initially only seen on the walls of temples, but can now be admired by a wider audience. The Gurukalam has initiated the painting of murals at the Bhagavathy Temple in Kadamanitta (12 km away from Aranmula) .
, has played a pivotal role in the revival of the mural art.
The Vijnana Kala Vedi Cultural CentreVijnana Kala Vedi Cultural Centre can arrange for stay either in their guest houses or in lodges near the Aranmula Temple. Please refer to Connect / Reach Us for contact details.
has kept alive various art forms of this region including the dance traditions of Aranmula. The Centre organises regular performances as well as classes on dance forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniattam, Bharatanatyam and the dance like martial arts form, Kalaripayattu.
Some seven families still make the famous 'Aranmula Kannadi' (metal mirrors) using a closely guarded mix of metals. This is a unique art which is probably not practiced anywhere else in the world.