Had tried to do this charcoal work before leaving for Saudi and wanted to release it on the same day as Lingaa. But then you don’t draw Thalaiva just like that. Thalaiva makes you draw when he wants to!
It was a decade long wish for me to learn this art form and I always regretted not taking up Art as my optional subject instead of Comp.Sci. back in my high school – just to have learnt this particular style. But well, better late than never. While it took me considerable effort (and also for my teacher in helping me improve my work), I think the efforts had some divine blessings to reach this stage.
Typically, no inscription is used in a Tanjore painting. Also, Sri Ranganatha at SriRangam does not have his consort Mahalakshmi in the sannithi (sanctum sanctorum). But what’s art if it’s restrictive in style – I took it upon myself to leave my mark on this style in my own way by installing his consort in the frame and choosing an inscription which I felt was fitting – “Sri Ranganatha, Mama Natha, Namostute!” I look forward to be in touch with this style more often in the near future – be it for personal pursuits or external requests (hopefully :))
P.S. The gold foil work is “real” gold and not just a decorative foil.