Artist Silpi’s Classics….


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara,

One of our readers, Smt. Sunitha Madhavan shared with me a few more gems after reading about Shri Silpi’s article that was published few days back. Here is what she says about her grandmother Smt. Kalyani Ammal’s experiences with Maha Periyava along with sharing some of Artist Silpis classical sketches. As we are aware, Artist Silpi used to take all his sketches to Maha Periyava and got his blessings. Here is Smt. Sunitha Madhavan’s message:


Mahaperiva Thunai,

I always wondered what an amazing artist Silpi was. Now after reading today’s post by you, I understand that Mahaperiva’s blessing turned his pencil into a chisel! My grandmother, Kalyani Ammal was a staunch devotee of Mahaperiva. She had preserved some of Silpi’s drawings  in a series of articles on  temple architecture in South India, published by Ananda Vikatan in the 1950s. (Eka Padha murthy, Thiruvanaikaval, Trichy.)

In the 1950s when I went with my parents to Kanchi, once Mahaperiva said to my mom ” This is Kalyani’s last birth”, just as he had told Silpi! And nearly 45 years later by which time both Maha Periyava and my mom had left this planet, in  Jan 1998 on Bishma Ashtami day my grandmother attained His abode!

Sunitha Madhavan.

Ram Ram

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4 replies

  1. Just viewing the art of Shri Silpi, we merge with the holistic Padam of the Ekapadhamurthy. Some of the blessed Devotees would have noticed our MahaPerivaa used to stand near walking streches when taking rest used to stand with the left leg and back folded right leg supporting with left. Shri Silpi and Shri Gopulu were the gems of our Hindu Diety’s replica sketchers.

  2. There were two great Artists in ANANDA VIKATAN . One was SILPI and the other was GOPULU. SILPI sculptured temples and idols in his immortal drawings. But GOPULU’s sketches were on social. No artist can bring about life in their drawings as these two artists could.

    The other artist who did well with all the Hindu Gods and Goddesses was Kovilpatti Kondaiyya Raju. Monthly sheet calendars during 1950-60s bore his inimitable drawings/paintings on Ganesh, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Shiva and Vishnu

    Feel nostalgic to recall about those great artists of yesteryears.

    Extensive Photography must have put an end to the flair for drawings, sketches and paintings.


  3. We feel as if we were in the temple of Akhilandeswari and walking along with great artist SILPI. Heart is overwhelming.

  4. Beautiful sketches of Silpi. Thanks for sharing.

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