This is a painting by S Pichai Raj that I purchased at the same time as the P B Surendranath already mentioned on my blog it was in a matching frame. It is not the best painting I have so I reused the frame for one of my Paul Raj paintings instead. I estimate that it was painted sometime between 1950 and 1960.
The photograph is not very good and the colours are not true but the subject matter is interesting, also attached is a copy of the artist's signature for reference purposes.
I have heard it mentioned that the artist might have gone on to work in the movie industry in India being involved with painted backgrounds. Anyone come across any other works by him? There is a reference to someone with the same name working on a movie with the Nazrana in 1961. He is listed as the Assistant Art Director.