Mayuran saw to the culmination of another project today as he scanned the last of our Rajam art collection. These were all done on our new hi-resolution Epson scanner. A total of 923 scans!
This collection of art was rescued from oblivion from the Chennai loft of famed singer and artist S. Rajam. Renowned for his long and illustrious career in Carnatic music, his art work in the field of Hindu cultural paintings was not well known. When he was young, he decided he wanted to catch the spirit of Hindu India before the Muslims came; he went to study the pre-Islamic invasion art of Elephanta caves. There and later he developed a more purely Indian-Hindu aesthetic art form.
A passing pilgrim happened one day to show us his art on the back of a book and the long story of contacting him, acquiring his collection and then commissioning him for more work began, years ago.
He has since passed, but Himalayan Academy Publications will carry his legacy forward to coming generations.
Our new digital library upgrade to the Himalayan Academy web site will have these available for all.
6 Responses to “Scanning of Rajam Artwork Complete”
Thank you for the sharing the story of the Artist, and for explaining the unique style that he developed. We were honored to have met him, visit his humble studio that produced the amazing master pieces you have collected and are gifting to the world. I am grateful to Gurudeva and the swamis for bring S. Rajam into our lives.
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