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:

Sunday, 8 November 2009

G D Thyagaraj - 3rd Brother

I am led to believe that there were three brothers.  Paul, Arul and Thyaga all with the first initials G D which might be their father's initials.  I think that the father's name might have been Gideon Devapriam Raj.  Grateful if anyone can confirm this?

Today I am adding a water colour by Thyaga and a copy of his signature from the same painting.  I have noticed over the last few years that his signature is always read as M D  instead of G D.  If you look closely I think you will agree that the first initial is a G and not a M.


  1. you are doing great job of documenting some old Indian watercolorists. Its sad that there is hardly any documentation about old indian masters

  2. Frankly, i had not heard or seen these paintings.You are going into so much is commendable.some of the paintings have wonderful light! wishes.