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:

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Muslin Tablecloth - Carrying Firewood

My wife found a large white muslin tablecloth the other day in her linen drawer and remembered that it was given to her by my mother.  The cloth would sit eight persons at a table and it was embroidered by nuns. I think she may have got this when she lived in southern India.  I have taken a number of photos of the main characters and thought they might make a series of posts for the blog.  
The cloth and the figures look almost new, the colours have not faded at all.  Hope you like the variation as the blog is called 'Indian Influences'.


  1. I have never seen much of embroidery, but I like this.

  2. This is a wonderful find. Beautiful colours and a very interesting provenance.