Jagathish Prabhu was one of more than seventy artists exhibiting today at an open-air art fair in Chennai. I really like his charming, idiosyncratic take on life in this corner of India - I bought one of his paintings, I wonder if you can guess which one? (Read till the end and you'll find out).
The fair is an annual event, when there's no pandemic, in the enchanting Nageswara Rao Park in Mylapore and it is well attended.
My old friend Vincent d'Souza - once the BBC's man in (what was then) Madras, and now, among other things, the editor of the Mylapore Times - is the key organiser. And how wonderful to be able to hold an art fair outdoors!
And I'm happy to say that the news media was there in decent numbers
Several portraitists were present willing to sketch a quick portrait for a very reasonable 150 rupees (that's £1.50) - almost irresistible! Though I did resist ...
And which of Jagathish Prabhu's paintings did I plump for? Well, here's the whole selection -
And this is the one I went for ... peeling film poster, cow, temple, perhaps a slightly dated take on Tamil Nadu, but it has charm and colour, it's well executed, and I like it.
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