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:

Monday, 26 July 2010

A D ThyagaRaj - Gateway to India

Last year I came across a painting for sale in California, it is described as being by an artist called A D Thyaga Raj, the painting is of the Gateway to India in Bombay. You can see a number of photos of the painting at the following website along with a photo of the artist's signature. The seller a Jon Berg Fine Arts in California is asking $250 USD, the painting is in poor condition. It is hard to say whether this might in fact be by G D Thyagaraj? I would be interested to see what anyone else might think of the painting.  You can find the painting at Jon Berg Fine Arts

I do not think it is right to add a posting without a photograph so today I am adding a photo of a collection of Indian figures made out of clay.  
I can remember buying some figures like these back in the 1960' and 1970's I am sure my sister had the snake charmer, the one in the photo seems to have lost his flute.  Hope you like it.


  1. Amazing work with clay. Its so great that you still have them. I dont think we get such things in India now.

  2. It saddens me to watch India modernising at the expense of it's culture. Maybe it is inevitable but in some ways I think India was better off before the mid 90's when it was 'trade-blocked' and therefore had to produce it's own version of most things. There were so many marvellous things artisans created even then which can't be found now. These look fantastic. Do you still have any of your own?

  3. Hello Mark. My sister and I collected several figures like these but I am not aware of any having survived until 2010. I will ask her next time she visits, glad you liked them.