Triumph of Labour Statue

Triumph of Labour Statue
Triumph of Labour Statue

It is May Day today and my mind goes to the Triumph of Labour Statue on the Marina. This statue was instaled in the first year of my life in Madras – 1958-59. It was designed and sculpted by the noted RoyChoudhury wh was the first Indian Principal of the Madras School of Arts and Crafts. The body language of the labourers reminds us of the US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima.

The statue is admired by many and comes into prominence on May Day. At other times, its base is the sanctuary for tourists, idle hangers-on or stray animals.

It is one of the first statues on the Marina. Little could I have imagined in 1959 that the whole place will be a jungle of statues and mausoleums.



Most Beautiful Sound

The unique Tamil letter
The unique Tamizh letter

The letter ழ (zha) is unique to Thamizh and some South Indian Languages. Speakers of other tongues find it difficult to pronounce this.

I have also heard some Tamizh politicians saying, ” தமிளுக்கு ‘ள’ தான் அளகு.”

Image from a mural in the Art District, Kannagi Nagar.



Sepia Sisters

Girls and grandpa
Girls and grandpa

For the photographers on a walk in the Art District at Kannagi Nagar, Chennai, the most popular location was a building with the image of two smiling children in Black and White. These two girls and the old man were also the cynosures of the lenses.

For a change, I thought they will look different and better in sepia tone.

From Photowalk With A Cause #3. Kannagi Nagar /Ezhil Nagar