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, 8 December 2009

White Tara - by Mrs Muriel Rudkin-Holmes

My mother lived in India for many years and learnt yoga.  On returning the the UK she studied and became a yoga teacher herself and this got her interested in meditation and eventually she became a follower of Tibetan Buddhism.  After she retired she lived at a Buddhist training school called Manjushri in the Lake District and link to their web site follows.   Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre  While living at the centre she studied how to paint Tibetan Tanka paintings from a painter called Andy Weber who was her neighbour for a while, he has his own website called Andy Webber Studios  A photograph of her painting of a White Tara done in her 70's follows below.

My daughter and sister own a few more that she did that I will post in due course, hope you like it.


  1. I was a student of Muriel Holmes, in Newcastle from around 1979 till 1987 or so. Memories of her classes are wonderfully vivid and I have often wondered about her and where she is or was.
    I've just done a google search and came across your blog.
    I'd love to know more.
    Lynn Ritchie

  2. Lynn
    Sorry to tell you my mother passed away in December 2006 after an illness aged 78 years. She had lived in the Manjushri Centre in the Lake District just outside of Ulverston in the Lake District for many years. It is where she painted the White Tara painting. Best wishes from her son. Richard

  3. Richard, I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's death. She was a wonderful teacher, I have many wonderful memories of her classes, her stories, her voice.