Centenary of famed artist Maniam of ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ fame. Book release event on Oct.22 morning

Artist Maniam is a legend.  Best known to readers of Thamizh magazines and books around the world and to people in the city’s art circles.

Best known widely for the fantastic illustrations that gave life to Kalki’s evergreen stories of Ponniyin Selvan in the 1950s.

This Sunday, October 22, Maniam’s family celebrates the birth centenary of this great artist with the release of a book in Thamixh, of Maniam’s best works from the 1941 to 1968 period of his rather short life, and notes on his life and work as an artist.

This coffee-table book, published by Poompuhar and carefully curated over four years by his son, the well-known artist Ma. Selven, will be released at the Sunday event at the Dakshinamurthy hall inside the P. S. School campus, Mylapore. The event starts at 9.30a.m.

Actor-artist Sivakumar releases the book and Seetha Ravi, Kalki’s grand-daughter receives it.

Famous writers, editors and creative people will grace this event – among them will be Sivasankari, Madhan, Tiruppur Krishnan and Sirpi Balasubramaniam.

Senior and celebrated artists who were inspired by Maniam and blossomed under him – Maya, Jeyaraj, Ramu and Amudha Bharathi – will be honoured.

The book features every significant work of Maniam – from visiting cards and event invitations, to magazine illustrations, cover page artworks and creatives for cinema and dance. Alongside the creatives in the book, the writing will detail his art life, his ideas and experiences.

The book is of 192 pages, all colour and in A4 size and is priced at Rs.960. It will be on sale at the Sunday event after its release, and later, by the publisher.