Drawing From The City

drawing-fromthe-cityThirteen-year-old Tejubehan lives with her lower caste family, in poverty, in western India. Her father works in fields and sings for a living. Teju dreams of traveling to unknown places.   At age 16, her parents find her a husband with kind eyes, who is also a singer. He encourages her to sing, too. They move to Mumbai, where they meet an artist who inspires them to draw. Drawing is like magic for Teju and she loses herself in her rich imagination. Teju’s exquisite, intricate black ink drawings tell her autobiographical story. This oversize format, fine art book includes photos of Tejubehan and her husband Ganeshbhai Jogi and a note about the story. It is silk-screen printed and bound by hand on handmade paper. mjw
Title: Drawing From The City
Author: Based on the oral stories of Tejubehan.  Tamil text by Saalai Selvam
Illustrator
: Tejubehan
Publisher
: Tara Books Pvt. Ltd
Copyright
: 2012
Original Language
: Tamil
Translator
: V. Geetha and Gita Wolf
ISBN
: 978-93-80340-17-3
Hardcover pages
: 28
Age range
: 10-13
Genre
: Picture Book Biography
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: India
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: India
Subjects
: Ahmadabad, Biography, Drawing, Folk art, Music, Singers, Women artists

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