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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Today I am discussing a different artist and a different medium. Recently my wife purchased a ceramic plate from the internet with a beautiful painting on it and it was signed by V M Raikar. It was produced by the Vitrum Studios of Bombay around 1965 and the painting was fired on a plate made by the Bengal Potteries.
She did some research and managed to contact Mr Raikar's son who lives in India and he was amazed when he saw the photo of the plate decorated by his father all those years ago (50 years). He was able to report that his father was happy when he heard the story as it brought back many memories of his time working at Vitrum Studios in Bombay after his finished Art College.
You can find out more about Mr Raikar if your click on this link.Vinayak M Raikar
As we were leaving the hotel in Tanjore the Sitar player from the evening before had arrived with a CD of his music that I had asked him about. It was very kind for him to come in the next morning and let me buy a copy.
It was raining hard as soon as we left Tanjore, and the driver told us we were doing a short detour so we could visit another Chola Temple. But we were on our own today no guide, this temple was unpainted but highly carved and very wet.
When we got to Pondicherry we were staying in a small 18 room hotel near the sea front called the Palais de Mahe, it was very pleasant with beautiful rooms and the walls were decorated in nice artwork.
I was unable to read the name of the artist but they great paintings.
Once we arrived in Tanjore we picked up our guide and went to visit the former palace buildings which were looking a little sad. There were many very old bronze statues of considerable size considering their age.
From memory this was a large statue with a diameter of around three feet.
Watchtower structure at the palace.
Very ornate paintings on the palace walls.
Crows sitting on the palace roof.
Looks like the same deity as in the earlier bronze statue.
We then moved on and visited the 'Great Living Chola Temple in Tanjore'. There were a lot of pilgrims visiting the temple which was highly carved but not painted.
We then visited a metal work shop and purchased some small heavy bronze statues to take back to the UK.
Left Madurai in heavy rain, the first of our trip, our driver said it was a cyclone and was going to last around three days. It got wetter the nearer the coast we got, one good point was it kept other people indoors and for a change we were on a good quality road all the way to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) where we visited the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple which was being renovated and covered in bamboo scaffolding and green netting.
On the road to Trichy, very wet today.
Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple being renovated in Trichy.
We ended up with wet, cold and muddy feet, we were glad we had taken a waterproof jacket! I will add the Tanjore photos another day
We went with our new guide 'Daisy' to visit the Tirumalai Naicker Palace with huge pillars, which was looking very tired in need of some attention. Then on to visit and massive Hindu Temple, no cameras were allowed inside but you could take you mobile phones! We had to leave our cameras in a hired locker which cost us Rs/- 20.
The temple was massive and very impressive and very very busy with weddings. Afterwards we crossed the road and visited a gift shop with a roof that overlooked the temple and took some photos.
This painting recently sold on Ebay for £183.00 it started at £125.00 so it was a good price for a very nice painting. I remember it changing hands about 18 months ago and I think I added to my blog at that time, but this is a better photo.
The colours look nice and fresh, I think the painting was unframed, shame I could not bid on it, retirement has curbed my spending.
I thought I better finish off my report of my trip to India last year. I seemed to forget about it.
We arrived in Madurai an old city in southern India and we stayed in the Heritage Hotel which had been the compound of a textile company and had been converted to a hotel. We were staying in a shared villa which was split up into about six rooms but it was still very large. The grounds were full of trees and we had to watch out for mosquitoes.
The pool was sunken and looked like a tank with steps on all four sides. There was also a very old (400 years) Banyan tree next to the main hotel building which was very large and full of ants!!!
I was recently contacted by a lady whose used to live in Madras and her parents were given a Christmas card in 1960 of the Adyar Club which later became the Madras Club in the mid 1960s. It was painted by G D Paulraj and made into a print to be used on a Christmas card. Thanks to Fran for sharing this with me. She also sent me a photo of the Club taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
The Adyar Club - Christmas Card
The Adyar Club taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
Left Coimbatore at 9:00am for a 4.5 hour drive to Madurai. We drove through some very small and poor villages on the way. We saw quite a lot of wind turbines for the first time on our trip. Below are a small selection of the photos I took on the way.