From the contest for the Delphic Art Movie Award:
Documentary 'The Mythology of Aranmula Metal Mirror'
Nominee 2011: Venu Nair / Visile TV Professionals, India, (one minute abstract)
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The Mythology of Aranmula Metal Mirror, written, produced and directed by Venu Nair
An Aranmula metal mirror (Aranmula kannadi) is a special type of mirror produced at Aranmula, a village in the state of Kerala in India. Composed of a special metal alloy, instead of glass, the Aranmula kannadi is a front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors. The exact metals used in the alloy are unknown, but are mixed with copper and tinto cast the mirrors, before being polished for several days in a row to achieve their reflective surface.
These unique metal mirrors are the result of Kerala's rich cultural and metallurgical traditions, and have great historical and cultural value. Produced by a single extended family in Aranmula, the origins of the Aranmula kannadi are linked with the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Legend has it that eight families of experts in temple arts and crafts were brought by the royal chief to Aranmula from Tirunelveli district to work in the Parthasarathy temple centuries ago on the mirrors.
The Aranmula Mirror is flawlessly divine. This marvel from Kerala has earned eternal awe around the globe. The Aranmula Metal Mirror truly transports to the present a glorious cultural heritage from our ancient past.
Written by Venu Nair