Musician Anirudh Ravichander’s family home is a harmonious rendition of traditional and contemporary elements
We love a house that pulls you in from the moment you step foot inside it and Chennai based musician Anirudh Ravichander’s family home will reel you in. We can’t help but admire the intricate carving on the front door itself, a typical design element common to the city. It is this deep connect with his roots that keeps the man behind the pan-India earworm, “Why this Kolaveri Di?” humble and grounded. “We all had humble beginnings…I’m still my parents’ son, I still live at home with them. So, this keeps me grounded,” he says.
There’s a certain atmosphere of calm that is palpable in the vast living room. Maybe it’s the soft sunlight streaming in from the large windows or the combination of the white and pale green furniture that exudes a warm vibe. In a corner we spy a collection of photographs, which Anirudh refers to as the “Memory Wall”. A great idea to adopt in your home too, if not in the living room, then perhaps in the entryway. It’s a quick way to give visitors a quick peek into your life and share your favourite moments with them.
Look behind the oonjal (traditional swing) and you’ll see the dining room. In fact, when his friends are over, it is here that Anirudh perches and “keeps an eye over what they are doing”. Since it connects the living and dining room, the oonjal offers a great vantage point.
The home is a combination of two flats, the second one, which was acquired later, was instantly taken over by Anirudh and his sister, a point made amply clear with a sign on the threshold which says “HRH’s Office. By appointment only”. The largest room was promptly converted into a home theatre, which much to Anirudh’s embarrassment also houses a painting of him astride a horse, complete with sword in hand, giving off strong Alexander the Great vibes. “It was gifted to me by a renowned actor. I would place it elsewhere, but it’s one of those things you do for your parents,” he sighs. And true to form, much like the “Memory Wall”, there are a host of family photographs that line the low console under the screen.
Anirudh’s bedroom is part of this second house. A simple, muted space with barely any furniture. That there’s no bed here is because Anirudh likes sleeping on the floor. His love for caps is pretty evident, with his collection displayed on a stand placed centrally in his bedroom.
Even though he travels a lot, the home remains Anirudh’s go-to space. It is here that he is at peace – in his mind and his heart.