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Postcards that includes iconic Madras buildings set to be launched on Madras Day

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Postcardsville is about to launch a group of postcards that includes sketches of then and now depictions of Madras’ iconic buildings

Postcardsville is about to launch a group of postcards that includes sketches of then and now depictions of Madras’ iconic buildings

One thing previous, one thing new, and a complete lot of affection for the town of Madras: that is what these postcards are product of. There are 15 of them, finished principally in black and white, bearing sketches of iconic buildings from the town with then-and-now renditions. Photographer and artistic entrepreneur P Venkatesan, who has printed them by means of his enterprise, calls the gathering Reflections: Madras/Chennai, and plans to launch it on Madras Day.

The postcards can be on show alongside an exhibition of classic photos and postcards titled Serving the Raj – Employed Assist in Colonial Madras, curated by Venkatesh Ramakrishnan of Madras Native Historical past Group. They’re Venkatesan’s tribute to ‘Lighthouse man’ D Hemachandra Rao, who handed away lately. Hemachandra, additionally a philatelist, had turned his home into the Maritime Heritage Museum. “He was a superb good friend and an inspiration and I hoped to get him to launch these postcards,“ says Venkatesh. “Final 12 months on Madras Day, he visited 4 submit places of work within the metropolis to create cancellation covers bearing the stamp with the date,” he remembers. “He did so regardless of his age; he was over 80 years previous then.“

One of many postcards within the sequence depicts a bullock cart rolling by the clocktower at Mint Road. Others function the towers of Madras Excessive Court docket towers rising from thick tree cowl; the Ice Home standing on a near-empty highway by which a horse-drawn cart trundles by…metropolis artist Meganath Venkatesan has sketched a metropolis of quiet roads in addition to one which has been fast to adapt. Different buildings featured embrace Egmore and Central Railway Stations, Chepauk Palace, Egmore Museum, Anna College, and Spencer Plaza. “We picked locations that had dependable previous pictures for reference,” says Venkatesan, who’s at the moment based mostly in Kanchipuram. Venkatesan and his six-member workforce type the core of Postcardsville, that the previous began in 2020.

“I’ve been writing postcards by means of the Postcrossing platform since 2012,” says Venkatesan, who then lived in Bengaluru. For the 43-year-old, a postcard needn’t essentially be only a fairly image of a spot. It could actually additionally inform a narrative, a good looking one at that. Which is why he determined to make his personal postcards, and promote them too. “Now we have made 40 totally different units over the previous couple of years, and have collaborated with India Submit 9 occasions,” he explains.

Madras High court, then and now

Madras Excessive courtroom, then and now
| Photograph Credit score: Particular association

Themes embrace conventional toys of India that includes crafts from 12 States, girls in Nature, canine breeds in India, our nation’s lighthouses, and extra. “We thought that the receiver ought to get one thing extra, somewhat than simply the concept that India is gorgeous,” says Venkatesan, whose nine-year-old daughter can be into writing postcards by means of Postcrossing.

Postcardsville has bought two lakh postcards to date. “Now we have collaborated with over 100 artists and photographers from throughout India, aside from NGOs,” he provides. Over a number of years of writing postcards, Venkatesh has accrued fairly a group: 800 of the 4000 he owns comprise of simply lighthouses from internationally.

 P Venkatesan who started

 P Venkatesan who began
| Photograph Credit score: Particular association

“Sending a postcard is an artwork of giving in addition to receiving; I typically obtain postcards from locations I can’t even dream of,” he says. He usually writes to 50 to 60 of his pen buddies and has made buddies from the unlikeliest of locations, reminiscent of a 68-year-old retired college trainer from Denmark, who as soon as despatched him a package deal with postcards in addition to newspaper cuttings on the conservation efforts of the 120-year-old Rubjerg Knude lighthouse in Northern Denmark.

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Reflections – Madras / Chennai is being launched at 11.30am on August 22 at Madras Literary Society, DPI Campus, Thousand Lights.

By- The Hindu

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