Deepavali Dhamaka-Inteview of renowned artist Shri.Maniam Selvam

Periyava Veena


Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara – This amazing incident is about the picture in this post published in Kalki Deepavali edition 1961. Ram Ram

Source : THE HINDU dated 23rd Feb 2012, Kanchi Periyava forum

Renowned Artist Sri Maniyam Selvan recalls an incident when his father Maniyam painted a black and white painting of Siva Thandavam for Kalki Deepavali Malar in 1961.

Periyava holding a small veena was in the forefront of this painting. Lotus petals, along with nagalinga flower were drawn in the place where the box of sacred ash was normally kept near his feet. The huge piece of moon on the head, the loose locks of hair, raised foot, abhaya hasta, agni and the vilva leaves were visible, but not Muyalakan or the right foot of the Lord.

“Ra. Ganapathi Sir took this Deepavali Malar to Periyava, when the sage asked him to fetch my father during his next visit to the mutt. When Ganapathi Sir took my father to the Mutt, Periyava said, “You have opened my eyes!”

“In the original photograph of Periyava, his eyes were looking down at the veena he was holding. In the painting of Maniyam, however, Periyava’s eyes were looking straight. Father, though a bit embarrassed, said: ‘No Periyava. I thought it would be nice if your ‘paarvai’ (vision) fell on the devotees!’ Periyava replied: ‘Maniyam, what I saw in my inward vision, you had painted in the background showing the Siva Thandavam!

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4 replies

  1. Maha periyaval is just in front of my eyes and the chandran in the background is SUPERB

  2. Maha Periyava ThiruvadigaLe CharaNam! Both Sri Maniam and his son, Sri. Maniam Selvan are gifted painters and have painted divinely.Hara Hara Shankara, Jaya Jaya shankara!

  3. Sri Maniyam is always remembered for his paintings in Kalki and for Ponniyan Selvan. His reply to Sri Mahaa Periyavaa is quite nice as Mahaa Periyanaa’s vision should fall on the devotees. Son maniyan Selvan also adopted the method of his father. The photo of Mahaa Periyavaa with Veena is unique. Hara hara sankara jaya jaya Sankara. Certainly Deepavali dhamaka..

  4. No comments. just a few tears. Silent prayer to silence my mind.

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