Chennaiite is master of miniature sketches

By Swedha Radhakrishnan Published on Jul 17, 2018 05:04 PM IST

Chennai: Those set of stairs definitely belong to a palace. Wait a that the Madras High Court?’

“The red-pink wall looks familiar; I have seen it somewhere, it this the museum?”

These were some of the expression that people gave when they saw Padmini Srivatsan’s miniature sketches.

A resident of Velacheri, in the city, she recently showcased her works at Madras Literary Society.

Speaking to News Today, she said, “I started doing sketches from my childhood. My parents supported me a lot. It is only because of their encouragement that I have reached this height. After my marriage, my husband Srivatsan came up with an idea of exhibiting my works. He was the reason that I have become famous in my area.”

“I got various comments and appreciation from people who visited my show,” she added.

The exhibition featured about 61 pieces of Padmini’s works. Most of them were in black and white and had to be done with micron pens.

Most of the heritage structures that she has chosen are part of our everyday lives. The Agurchand Mansion on Anna Salai, Wallajah Mosque in Triplicane, the Central Railway Station, Moore Market, statues of King George V and Thomas Munro. Padmini has sketched these to incorporate them in a book for youngsters. She is planning to bring it out soon.


Padmini is a lover of the city and it shows in her work. “I have sketched scenes that are native to Chennai landscape such as a soan papdi seller on the Marina beach, a woman painting pots on Kodambakkam High Road, an ornate chariot used at weddings parked near Victoria Public Hall, Broken Bridge and a fisher woman with a basket overflowing with dried fish.”

She also finds pride in painting new structures such as Tamilnadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital on Anna Salai, the compound wall of Stella Maris College on Cathedral Road which the students have painted with bright colours and a view of the Chennai Harbour with its cranes and containers.

Padmini Srivatsan can be reached at 7358697009.