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:

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Calcutta Swimming Club

My family were members of the Calcutta Swimming Club while were lived there and my father became President in 1968 - 1969.  The following pictures were taken at the Friday night races and prize giving.  The first photo shows my mother and father, sister and myself at the prize table along with the club secretary a Mrs Ray.
The next photo shows the diving boards at the indoor pool, I can remember the water feeling really cold but it was still around 78 degrees F.
Not all the races were serious and many involved fun, the one above seems to involve wearing an item of clothing?
In the photo above the children seem to be racing while holding a burning candle.


  1. Saw your photos while searching for a photo of the swimming club. I have almost identical photos of race nights swimming with candles and wearing pyjamas! My family left Calcutta in 1971 but I have just been back for a wonderful visit. I couldn't find your name on your blog but am intrigued to know whether I might have known you then. My family name is Nice.

  2. Heather send me an email to my hotmail address shown at the top of the page and I will reply.