Annual Art Show at Rani’s Garden, Tiruvannamalai

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Each year there is a one-day art show here in Tiruvannamalai. It is usually held at Rani’s Garden on Perumbakkam Road after Pongal. This year it was on 2 Feb., 2014. It usually is a pleasant day for those who attend or show their art. This is a nice community event. I think that anyone who wants to show can, although I am not sure of this.

Here is the entrance to Rani’s Garden. For a couple of years the Om Café (now closed) operated from here.

A number of motorbikes are parked outside.

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Inside, the exhibits are spread out within the shaded garden.

Carol is looking a photos.

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Some, like this temple reflected in the still water, capture her eye.

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A local Western resident, Vimala, shows her handworks.

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She sits in the midst of them.

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In the center of the area, a musician plays.

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Paintings hang from ropes. The one below is by Aaron Krumins.

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More of Vimala’s needlework.

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There are a couple of cement tables, covered with small pieces.

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Patricia has her unique cards spread out on one of the tables.

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One man has books to sell.

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Another offers nicely crafted wooden musical instruments.

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My favorite of this show were these standing figures.

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If you look closely you will see that they are made from materials fallen from local trees that have been collected, assembled together and gaily painted.

I guess in the center below is Krishna, with a blue face playing a flute.

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Here is the artist of the “Found Art” figures, Christian, an “Old timer” here. 

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I asked him about the “skirts” on these figures. He said they are from the coconut palm, I think from the fruiting plant.

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The “headdress” on the left is made from the leaf of a Palmyra Palm (also known as Sugar Palm and Toddy Palm).

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Veena sits by some of her paintings. Arunachala is a frequent subject of her work.

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On one side there are many items spread out…

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…and hanging from wires, like this classic painting of Arunachala, reflected in the water.

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They occupy one of the cement tables, with small prints.

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And a small painterly book of poems, entitled “Silence.” 

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Many pieces, spread around.

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I think I saw this Buddha painting show at the recent Marudam Farm School fair (see this post).

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More small pieces.

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I like this Kingfisher. It is a watercolor, I think.

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These are the artists of the paintings shown in the four photos immediately above. I am surprised to see that they are all local Indian people. The main artist, in the brown shirt, is Ashok Kumar.

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The music is getting nice. A flutist has joined in.

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This is Aaron again, with some of his paintings shown behind him.

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Another pleasant time in Tiruvannamalai. Mainly we see residents at the show, few of the temporary visitors. Community events like this are great; we need venues where we can meet, get to know each other better and enjoy one another’s company. Thank you to organizers of this show!

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8 Responses to “Annual Art Show at Rani’s Garden, Tiruvannamalai”

  1. marilynsandperl Says:

    What a nice event. Thanks for showcasing this. I wish them well. (The life of an artist has never been easy.)

  2. Selvaraj V Maruthai Muthuraja Says:

    Thank you Richard. An “Arunchala Crafts ” store in “ebay” would also be an option. The reach would be wider. Best Wishes

  3. Selvaraj V Maruthai Muthuraja Says:

    Great post Richard and thank you. If a website can be created
    to showcase and sell this very creative work online, it could give
    people like us a chance to enjoy the work as well buy them. It helps the artists along as well.

    • Richard Clarke Says:

      One can be set up, maybe, using wordpress, like I do. And, until you start tow use a LOT of space, it is free.

  4. R Srinivas Says:

    wonderful going through the post of art show,so much of talent amongst the local and the westerners in tiruvannamalai and thank you for bringing them out through your blog.

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