Avargal – 1977 Movie by K.Balachander  This one, my personal favourite, is about Anu(Sujatha) the courageous but disillusioned wife of a villanous  husband Ramanathan( Rajini).  Anu is caught between her ex lover, her sadistic husband and a widower friend. Yet another powerful leading female protagonist and I am stunned that KB thought of such characters…

Apoorva Ragangal

Apoorva Ragangal – 1975 movie directed by K Balachander  The movie is about the relationship between Prasanna(Kamal) and older- married Carnatic singer Bhairavi(Srividya). This movie was the debut of Rajinikanth.  His entry scene remains unforgettable – clad in tattered clothes he opens the gates of Bhairavi’s home and states that he is Bhairavi’s husband. Drew…

Aval Oru Thodar Kathai

Aval Oru Thodar Kathai – 1974 movie by K.Balachander with Sujatha in the lead role. Kavitha, the protagonist, struggles to support her middle class family, which is abandoned by her father who chooses to become a saint. Her  sacrifices for her ungrateful family make her emerge as a powerful character.  Drew using Note 5.

Moondru Mudichu

Moondru Mudichu” – 1976 film by K Balachander starring Sridevi, Kamal Hassan and Rajinikanth.  Who can forget the song “Vasantha Kaala Nadhigalile”! The tale starts around a couple, Balaji and Selvi, who flirt unabashedly with each other. Enter Prasath, Balaji’s dearest friend, who has feelings for Selvi as well. Prasath commits mistakes with increasing severity…


Arangetram” Lailtha, the young naive protagonist tries hard to fulfill her loved ones’ requests but makes poor life choices while doing so, due to poverty and ignorance. A bold storyline and brilliant direction by K.Balachander. Tribute to him https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arangetram_(film) Drew using Note 5.

Surya Vattam

‘Surya Vattam’ – Day 3, Mylapore Panguni Festival  Lord Kapaleeshwarar and the goddess Karpagambal in a sun shaped vehicle. An article from ‘The Hindu’ says – It is believed that one’s vision and the power to quell enemies are acquired when you see the Surya Vattam vahanam. Drew using watercolors and micron pens.

Ambal Mail vadivil Siva poojai

‘Ambal Mayil vadivil Siva Poojai’  Goddess Parvathi in the form of a peacock offering prayers to Lord Shiva under the magnificent Punnai tree (Alexandrian Laurel). An article in The Hindu mentions this:  Mylapore got its name from this legend — ‘Mayil’ (peacock) and ‘oor’ (place). The Shiva here is also known as ‘Punnaivananathar’ (lord of…