Vishnu Venu Achary was satisfied that he would change into a profitable plane engineer when he enrolled in an institute to pursue Plane Upkeep Engineering in 2010. After finishing the course, he joined Air India Categorical in 2015 as a trainee.
However, not lengthy after Vishnu determined to give up his job and embarked upon a unique problem: carrying ahead the household custom and change into a palliyodam/ Chundan Vallom (snakeboat) craftsman.
Three years after ditching the engineering occupation for buying snakeboat-building know-how, Vishnu, 26, son of virtuoso craftsman of snakeboats Changamkary Venu Achary, says it’s all about following one’s ardour.
“I am the fifth generation in my family into the construction of snakeboats. When the thought of becoming a craftsman came to my mind, I did not allow the reality of quitting a more lucrative career to get in my way. I just want to follow my dream and here I am learning from my father and other veteran craftsmen,” says Vishnu, who hails from Changamkary, close to Edathua, in Kuttanad.
His plunge into snakeboat development is outstanding as a result of only some grasp craftsmen belonging to 2 households are left within the area. Since changing into a snakeboat builder, he has been part of the development of three palliyodams, which have delight of place in and round Aranmula.
“There are no written books or rules regarding the construction of snakeboats. The craft has been passed on from one generation to another. So, for me it was important to acquire knowledge at a young age in order to propel oneself in the field,” says Vishu, who’s now a part of a group repairing a palliyodam belonging to the Vanmazhi Palliyoda Karayogam. The snakeboat had capsized within the Pampa after it rammed a bridge pier a number of months in the past.