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:

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Great Banyan Tree Calcutta - 1947 Rover P2 Sports Saloon

I am adding three photos showing the Great Banyan tree in Calcutta.  The first shows my father on 25 May 1947 with what must have been a new Rover P2 Sports Saloon car taken at the Great Banyan Tree. He cannot have been in India very long when the photo was taken.
The second photo shows myself climbing on the Banyan tree taken around 1964.
The final photo shows the tree from a distance and it is huge covering around 2.5 acres with several thousand stems, I understand that it is believed to be around 250 years old.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

G D Paulraj - Collecting water

Painting by G D Paulraj recently sold at auction in the USA shows a group of young women filling clay chattees (pots) with water from the village tap.
The auction house had misread the name and had it recorded as Paulrai ending in 'i" and not 'j'.  This is a very pleasant painting.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Qutub Minar - Delhi

I have been looking though some old photograph albums and I came across two photos I took in 1967 of the Qutub Minar minaret in Delhi.  The minaret is believed to have been started in 1192 and measures 72.5 metres in height with 379 stairs.  In the first photo my mother is taking a cine film of the tower.
In 1967 you were still allowed to climb the tower to the top but I think I only went to the first platform which is where the second photo  was taken from.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

G D Paulraj - Notebook 4

Another page from Paul's notebooks, this one dates from April 1958 for are priced at Rs 150/- and painting number 3) at Rs 175/-.  The were all sent to a company address in Calcutta.
The paintings are titled :
1) Homeward bound;
2) Transplanting - Malabar;
3) Backwaters - Through the palms;
4) Vegetable market Malabar;
5) Boats in Trivandram.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

G D Paulraj - Carts passing

This painting is currently shown on the Art Discarded blogsite it is quite a nice painting by Paul Raj.  Slightly unusual in that we have two cart convoys going in opposite directions.  The trees on the right hand side are enormous.
It seems this painting dates from 1962 and was probably purchased in Kodaikanal.