Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Padmam

Every time when I go to Padmam aunty’s house, she is busy with one of her creations. Nowadays its mostly painting sarees. She says that most of these are sold even before she finishes painting them. 


So it is not surprising to see that her posture and concentration is the same in practically all the pictures but the saree and the designs keeps changing. 




Her admirers are from different quarters of the world and some of them have even made me promise to arrange an audience with her when they visit Pune.   


She loves the sambhar that wifey makes. So it is a mutual admiration society. 


Some of her work that was recently framed and which has found a place in the drawing room. 


These two pictures shows how steady her hand is and how she looks at the finer details while painting 


It is not only painting, she loves to dabble with any form of art, like this cross stitch which is in one of her grandson’s room 



One of the things that she misses now a days is the yearly visit by the flock of Munia that used to visit her balcony. (you can read it here)  Blame it on climatic changes and the unpredictable monsoon. 
Whatever the changes, I never miss having the yearly Onam Sdhya with her. In fact I have observed her directing the family members how and where each item has to be placed on the banana leaf, the proper traditional way.



Update: A saree she painted in December 2017


A picture of her on her 97th birthday which was four months ago.  

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

So active at the age of 97. Just can't imagine. - Madan Sharma

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Pranaams to Padmam-ji. Such talent! Thank you for bringing her beauty and her work to our attention Joe. YAM xx

Henny Penny said...

She is a beautiful lady, and does not look 97 years old. She does such beautiful work. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hello Joe. Thank you very much for sharing this lovely write up on Padmam aunty.
She definitely is not the usual 97 year old lady. Much to learn from her. Thanks for sharing. Wonderful and admirable- Padmini

Connie said...

Oh my, what an amazing woman . . . so much talent and beauty. She is an inspiration:)

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely post this is.
I love the beautiful work she does and so nice to see her photograph too.
She certainly doesn't look 97yrs.

All the best Jan

Mildred said...

Such a precious post. She is beautiful and so very talented. Fascinating to see the details and steady hand in her work. The framed ones look so pretty grouped on the wall. When I was younger, I did cross stitching so I enjoyed that piece as well.
I appreciate your visit and anniversary wishes.

Anonymous said...

Wow... what a steady hand at this age, and amazing art work. - Rama Porwal

DUTA said...

There should be a movie on her. Such talent and creative activity at such an advanced age is a rarity, and an inspiration.
Anyway, people engaged in the creative arts like your auntie, usually live longer and look better than others.

Fuzzy Bhai said...

Amazing! Humbling and inspiring at the same time.

messymimi said...

What a wonderful woman she is! Your Grandmother certainly deserves the title Grand!

magiceye said...

Wow! Power to her!

PRAVIN said...

Wow! Incredible

Agata said...

She is absolutly amazing lady! I admire her tallent.
Thanks for stepping on my blog ;)

Anonymous said...

Super talented Ammachi. Hard to believe that she paints even at this age. - Mercy George

Anvilcloud said...

She's very talented and must have a good back to be able to adopt that posture so much.

ElizrdbthSpeaks said...

i always did wish i had settled myself and learned to do sewing with my great aunt, but at the time i was so busy and just could not sit still that long. now she is gone and i wish i had been more calm to learn the ways ... i could use that to make things for my friends & family. i guess u live & learn. hopefully your family will learn and keep passing down this tradition. so awesome. ( ;

Anonymous said...

Incredible. What an inspiration. - Jose Paul

Ola said...

so beatiful works! All best to the author!

Lowell said...

Greetings, my friend. It was nice to hear from you again. And from what I see, things look good with your family. 97 years of age! She is an amazing woman and a wonderful artist. My mother was an artist also, and quite good. But she was much younger when she died. I really love the that 97th birthday portrait!

Priyanka Baranwal said...

97 years!! I'll probably be dead by that age

Amazing art work she does. an inspiration

UPENDRA KULKARNI said...

Salute to this great grand '97Yr young' lady for for a still creative attitude.
It is an true inspiration to many of us .

UG Kulkarni, Pune

Anonymous said...

Great! I am in no way authorized to even appreciate her work. I may just say that her enthusiasm and commitment towards her passion has moved me. Thanks Joe for introducing Padmam Amma. - Satish Deshpande

Weekend-Windup said...

She looks cute. she has many things in her hands. Creations done by her looks awesome. I too love sambar:)

Noushka said...

Wow, what a talent, her paintings are amazing!
Thanks for your kind visit :)
Sorry I didn't comment on your blog sooner, but I was cut off internet for 3 weeks!
Enjoy your week-end!

David Gascoigne said...

She is a very talented woman. Give her a big hug from me.

Rama Ananth said...

I have her painted duppata which you were kind enough to post it to me. It is really wonderful to lead a healthy life with a a purpose that keeps her mentally and physically active at this age

harman singh said...

lovely lady at its such an inspiration .. to get yourself engaged in art and culture..
no wonder keeps your interest intact with motor skills intact ..
God bless this lovely lady with great health and lovely smiles...

Jeannette said...

She is an inspiration! May her good health and her ability to send beauty out to others continue!