Nov 30, 2021

The Life Series Art 11 - The Catch

My Painting inspired by the photograph of R.Ashok and my childhood memories of fishing in the murky Vaigai river, Madurai.




Nov 25, 2021

Raja's album 1946 - Part 09 - Singapore

We come to the last part of the album that has a collection of photographs of Singapore from the 1940s. Anyone who has seen the modern Singapore will greatly appreciate these vintage snaps that take us back by 75 years!



 St. Andrews Cathedral, an Anglican church in North Bridge Road


Cathay Building

Town Hall

Originally known as the Edinburgh Bridge to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, its name was changed to Cavenagh Bridge in honour of Major General Orfeur Cavenagh, the last India-appointed Governor of the Straits Settlements, who governed from 1859 to 1867

Raffles Hotel


 Fullerton Building, then the General Post Office Building...now a Hotel


 In front of the Fullerton Building, also known as the General Post Office Building

Capitol Theatre now a Hotel

National Museum of Singapore then known as the Raffles Library and Museum

Cavenagh Bridge

Sultan Mosque


Nov 23, 2021

Raja's album 1946 -Part 08 - Koraku-en

KĊraku-en is a Japanese garden located in Okayama.. It is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, along with Kenroku-en and Kairaku-en. Korakuen was built in 1700 by Ikeda Tsunamasa, lord of Okayama. The album has a lovely set of bookmark colorized postcards collected by Raja that tell us how lovely the garden looked  more that 75 years ago!







Nov 21, 2021

Raja's album 1946 - Part 07 : Budding Geisha

The album would have been incomplete without the collection of the "budding geisha" issued by the Japan travel bureau. Geisha are a class of female Japanese performance artists and entertainers trained in traditional Japanese performing art styles, such as dance, music and singing, as well as being proficient conversationalists and hosts. I remember there was always at least  one kid who dressed as a Geisha in school fancy dress competitions.










Nov 20, 2021

Raja's album 1946 - Part 06 : Kyoto

The album has Raja's lovely collection of colorized pictures of Kyoto city issued by the Japan travel bureau. Kyoto, once the capital of Japan, is a city on the island of Honshu. It's famous for its numerous classical Buddhist temples, as well as gardens, imperial palaces, Shinto shrines and traditional wooden houses. If I ever travel to Japan, this is one city I should not miss...










Nov 18, 2021

Raja's album 1946 - Part 05 -Japanese Film Stars!





Young Raja had also included in his album an intetesting series of pretty Japanese Heroines who probably were famous stars of the 1940s. 
Wonder what their names were and what kind of movies they starred in?! 

Nov 17, 2021

Rajas album 1946 - Part 04 -kintai-kyo, the wooden bridge

 The Kintai-kyo  is a historic landmark wooden arch bridge at Iwakuni, Japan.The pedestrian bridge was built in 1673, spanning the Nishiki river in a series of five wooden arches. Raja's album captures the bridge in four different situations...