P.R.M.Lakshmana Iyer Associates is possibly the oldest organized manufacturer of bronze in Kerala. Mannar, beside the legendary Pampa river, is home to numerous families of metal craftsmen. Around hundred years ago, when these unorganized metal craftsmen were engaged in metal work on a small scale at their respective homes, P.R.M. Lakshmana Iyer, who was supplying raw materials for these craftsmen, came forward to start a workshop, employing them.
Slowly orders flowed in, and the plight of workers also prospered. Initially thrust was to manufacture Uruli, Varpu, Kindis etc. then commonly used in Kerala houses. When the mantle of carrying on the tradition was given to the later generations,P.R.M. ventured to large scale manufacturing of all bronze items, temple works, decorative items, statues, idols etc. P.R.M. Lakshmana Iyer's son L.Ramaswamy Iyer, now 75 years old, developed the business in the past few decades, and currently the company is looked after by his sons R.L.Sharma and R.Venkatachalam, and daughter R.Latha.
Thanks to the more than 100-year-old tradition and expertise in the field, P.R.M.Lakshmana Iyer Associates has an enviable track record of creating some of the historical landmarks of creations in bronze. Numerous art and history lovers, tourists and pilgrims from different parts of the world gaze at these amazing creations, and laud the expertise of P.R.M. in the field.