About

Welcome,

My name is Shashirekha Prakash. I am married and mother of two teenage children. I am from Bangalore, India, living in UK since 2010.

My favourite hobby since childhood has been drawing & painting. I am fascinated by traditional Indian art forms such as Warli paintings, Thanjavur paintings or  Madhubani paintings to name a few.

Not sure if it is a coincidence, the reasons I will explain shortly, in particular I was drawn by the classical Thanjavur paintings and I have been specialising this art form for the last 7 years. I have completed more than 50 Thanjavur paintings since of various sizes & figures and displayed my paintings at Arts festivals in Bangalore and UK. I also had the honour of appearing in a local newspaper in UK!

As I hail from Bangalore, Kannada is my main language. I also speak Marathi though.

During my childhood days I considered Marathi as a sign language that I and my sisters could use to comment openly about our friends and have our private laughs (in publicJ).  This was also driven by our thinking that friends will not know this special language known to us only.

I married Prakash in 1995 who spoke Marathi at home.  His roots are from Maharashtra but had visited Maharashtra for reasons other than meeting his family or his ancestors. For him Tamil is the main language. Though our main languages were different we had a common language and should be fine. Interestingly Marathi is the mother tongue of both families but we speak Marathi in our own styles (Karathi or Tarathi as we call it). Our roots are from Maharashtra and our ancestors who were soldiers, scholars, noblemen or administrators migrated to Thanjavur with the brave Marathi king Venkoji Raje Bhonsale, brother of Chatrapathi Shivaji some 300 years ago.

There you go the maybe reason for me to get attracted to Thanjavur paintings. Jokes apart the art form is very intrinsic in nature and you can find more details on Wikipedia.

Since I moved to UK I have now met several Maharashtrians hailing from different parts of India. I am part of two social groups – Thanjavur Deshastha Marathi group and Maharashtra Mandal, Reading (UK). Thanks to internet and Facebook I interact with many Marathi speaking acquaintances from all over the world. The more people I started interacting the more curious I became to explore our roots further!

I thought exploring the traditional Marathi cuisines (especially Thanjavur Marathi) is the right thing to do. By the way I am a housewife, volunteer with British Red Cross and an artist.

I am a strict (very) vegetarian and you can only expect that much from me..

In my blog I will be exploring the classical Thanjavur paintings and the Thanjavur Marathi cuisines. Well do not be surprised if sometimes I jump into Kannada / Tamil / other vegetarian cuisines and like-wise in Warli / Madhubani / other form of paintings!

I hope you will like my blog!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lakshmi
    Mar 28, 2014 @ 07:34:28

    Thank you for your recipes. You have amazing energy. Keep those paintings and the recipes coming.

    Reply

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