The House By The River

George Arundale (1878-1945) was the president of the Theosophical Society, Adyar. He was married to Rukmini Devi who was a pathfinder in the classical dance form of Bharatanatyam.

There is a house in the Theosophical society named after Arundale, it was probably here that the celebrity couple who made history in their own fields, lived. It is a beautiful old house shaded by trees, not very far from the Adyar river. The river at the back yard, the sea not too far might have offered a rich environment for creativity to blossom. It might have been the place where dreams were born,  the Arundales have left behind a world class academy for performing arts and music in Kalakshetra.

I did the sketch of the Arundale house on a brick red tinted paper, mainly to capture the old world look of the place.

I was captivated by this arch of creepers outside a fairly new building that is the administrative block of the Society. I have used green tinted paper to minimise work on creepers and plants.

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6 thoughts on “The House By The River

  1. beautiful colours. have you seen the house by the beach in the theosophical society – shanti kunj. i think that is where annie besant lived, though i may be mistaken

    • Thanks for your comments, Arati. No I have not seen Shanti Kunj, it comes under ‘private space’ and I need to get permisiion to go beyond the banyan tree. I hope to procure the required permission, then I can sketch this house by the sea.

  2. Very nice sketches, though I would have chosen a slightly lighter tinted paper for the first one. Your second sketch brings back some very happy memories. We had an arch with creepers leading up to our home when I was a kid. It was lopsided because it was made of bamboos and not stiff enough. 🙂

    • Thanks, Balaji. Yes, a lighter tinted paper might have produced a different effect. I am glad my sketch brought back memories of your childhood.

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