Ours is an artistic family, my father was an excellent artist and I used to admire his drawings especially the one he used to draw on Pongal day,a Horses drawn chariot for the Sun God .,my mother a 'sakalakallavalli' versatile, we ,the sisters have almost inherited their talents,. Mostly we, the sisters would do the same , we learnt Fabric painting, embroidery stitching, knitting, sewing in the Singer sewing machine ( hand), painting on glass piece, the coconut tree leaf plank, on old HMV gramaphone records,, button work on cotton, copper wire wall hangers etc..
Our time we would get some Tamizh magazines like' Ananda Vikatan ,Kalki and Kumudam. There used to be short stories and some novels with the series . It was fun to see who gets to read the stories first and later we would discuss and try to predict what would be the events in the next week's chapter. The guessing game would unveil when we see the portrait drawn by the artist for that week's chapter.
Many artists had typical trademark way of sketching, if one wants to see the modern way in those days it was Jayaraj, and very homely and cultured it was Maya, and for ancient historical characters, it was Maniam Selvam, for beautiful chubby and cherubic women it was Maruthi, for sharp features and good look it was Vinu..
When I started sketching I wanted to have a pen name so instead of" rubi' ( beautiful) I went for the name 'kurubi opposite of 'rubi' Later ' mathoo ' as my friends called me .By looking at the sketches one can make out the serial dramas and the costumes of early seventies .
This was my drawing book in 1974, a book used by my elder sister and later went to my youngest brother from whom I flicked .
Boatman Guhan taking Lord Ram and co .crossing the river ..
My leader of hearts,late Indira Gandhi..
the shiv paravti was a sketch by Vinu and I tried Actress Padmini
tried actress Devika on the bottom left..right Actor Shrikant
the bottom left was like my elder sister Bhuvana so calm beautiful and simple ...
some of Jayraj's
the two extreme poles -Cho and Karunanidhi
From the serial 'Hotel Belvedere'
short pallu was a fashion those days ..
Maha Periyava .... Actor Nagesh
I was told that was spoiling Vivekanad by sketching the lady in two piece suit like Rambha, Urvashi and Menaka.
actor Shivkumar, and CID Sakuntala , Rajshree.