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"This painting was the only one I managed to make while staying in Madurai. I would dearly liked to have painted some of the scenes in the city but at the time didn’t feel I was up to coping with the probable curiosity I may create.


With a population of around a million, Madurai is one of the oldest cities in Southern India, dating back to the 5th century BC. Legend has it that Lord Shiva was born here, hence the reason for the city's magnificent Meenakshi Temple.


When I came to leave Madurai in the late morning of the third day, rather than walk with my heavy backpack to the station, I chose to take a cycle rickshaw that was waiting at the gate to the bungalow. About halfway to the station I noticed a stall on the other side of the street that was selling bananas, and thinking they would be something good to eat on the train, asked the driver if he could stop and wait while I went across and bought some. Instead of pulling in where we were, he crossed the road into all the oncoming traffic, to pull up alongside the stall. If that wasn’t frightening enough, when we left he continued to travel on the wrong side, taking us round a roundabout where we narrowly missed being hit head on, by first a bus, then a large lorry. It was, I feel sure, only be incredible good fortune that we made it to the station at all. I have often wondered how much longer my rickshaw man managed to survive." - MH

Vaigai River scene, near Madurai, 1979

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints: Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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