Admirer of Paul Raj Paintings

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Paul was born in Kodaikanal on 22 September 1914 and died on 2 October 1979. G D Arulraj was born in 1925 and died in June 1972 while visiting India. Arul worked at Laguna Beach in the 60's and 1970's. G D Thyagaraj might have been born in 1922 and I am told that he probably died sometime before 1981. He moved to northern India as a young man. I lived in India as a child and spent a lot of time in Calcutta. My mother purchased several paintings directly from Paul Raj while living in Madras and this got me interested in his works. I then discovered he had two brothers Arul Raj and Thyaga Raj who were both fantastic artists. I could not find much information on the internet so decided to set up my own blog. Subsequently a Facebook tribute site has also been created to the memory of the three brothers. Contact me at:

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Water carriers cine - Early 1959

Today I am adding another extract from the 1959 cine this on shows three ladies filling their very large brass water pots from an outside tap.

Then a 45 second cine extract which is 22.8 Megabytes in size.

Monday, 22 January 2018

G D Paulraj - Ladies doing the dhobi

Painting by G D Paulraj today shows a group of women doing the dhobi in a stream.  Similar to the cine films I added recently.

Dhobi cine taken in 1959

More extracts from my family cine film taken in 1959.  There are two different clips of dhobis at work one taken at a stream and the second at the beach.

These scenes match several paintings painted by G D Paulraj.

Fishermen cine taken in 1959

Today I am adding some clips from a cine showing some fishermen hauling in their nets in at Vizagapatnam on the east coast of India taken in early 1959.  I have added the sounds of the waves as the camera did not record any sound.
 Women waiting to collect the catch and carry it off in their baskets to sell.
 Women trying to sell fish on the beach with huge baskets carried on their heads.
Hauling in the nets up onto the beach.
Short cine film lasting 39 seconds showing the fishermen hauling in their nets and a crowd watching.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Covered cart from 1959 cine

I have captured a very small clip of a covered cart from a family cine film taken in Vizag in India in 1959.

The cine clip has been converted to mp4 format and follows below, it is 9.0Mbytes in size and lasts 16 seconds.

Scenes like this are becoming less common.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Home cine films - Calcutta 1957

My family took many cine films when we lived in India the earliest date from 1957 until the mid 1970s.  I have recently purchased a digital scanner and I am working my way through the collection and I am converting the cine from 8mm film to modern digital format. Along the way I am extracting a few short clips that might be of interest to viewers of my blog.  This is the first of the clips.  It shows the gardener or 'marli', the dhobi collecting our laundry, workmen working on the new drive and preparing the lawn for the grass seed.  Then a couple of clips of a muscle powered fun fare rides, not much health and safety rules in 1957.

 Preparing the lawn

The Dhobi
Small wheel - Muscle powered

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

G D Paulraj - Women working in the fields

This painting is owned by Lauren's family in Scotland, she contacted me in September 2017 with some questions and then sent me this photo.  Unfortunately it is a bit blurred. However she intends to send me a better photo later this month when she is home.  It was purchased in Laguna Beach USA from Arul's shop by a Canadian couple who ended up living in Scotland.  Following their passing it was given to Lauren's grandmother.  On the back is fixed a note and a post card from Arul's shop which we have seen before.  Thank you Lauren for sharing. 

Then a copy of the note and postcard follow below.