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, 20 June 2013

G D Thyagaraj - Market Scene and Temple

I came across this painting earlier in 2013 by Thyagaraj showing a market with a temple in the background.  The colours are a little faded but still plenty of activity within the painting.

In the top left hand corner you can see an elephant decorating the top of the temple.

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Official First Day Cover - First Stamps from Bangladesh

My father worked for a company in India that produced printing ink which was used both in the production of the Indian rupee notes and in Indian postage stamps.  Consequently I received quite a few stamps as gifts as a result of this connection.  The postings today is of a First Day Cover of the first stamps of Bangladesh given to me when I lived in Calcutta in 1971.  Calcutta is very close to the border with Bangladesh.
I came across the following website of a collector in the USA of Bangladesh stamps which might be of interest.  The stamps are post marked 29 July 1971, I think Bangladesh declared independence from Pakistan on 26 March 1971 which then started a civil war.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

G D Thyagaraj - Carts under trees

This is a very similar painting to several I have added for Thyagaraj over the last few years.  Three cart (or is it four?) convoy under a tree lined road.  We know once they had a popular theme the brothers would keep painting them but with slight variations.
Quite a nice painting with dust from the road mingling with the violet sky.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

G D Paulraj - Notebook 7

Continuing the notebook pages this is number 7 again I think this is from 1961.

9) Worshippers Rs 125/-
10) Teacher Rs 115/-
11) Street in Delhi Rs 125/- Sold
12 Village tea-stall Rs 115/- Sold
The next order was sent to a lady working in a Bank in Bombay.
1) Farmers' House Rs 115/-
2) Street in old-Delhi Rs 125/-