Trotsky Marudu

Trotsky Marudu is an Indian contemporary artist known for line drawing, animation, storyboard and computer graphics. Marudu has also worked as Art director and VFX creative director for many films and is a pioneer in using computer for painting.[2] He holds a diploma and a post-diploma in painting from the Madras College of Arts and Crafts and his collection of paintings have been exhibited in many countries like Australia, the UK, the US, France, Finland and many parts of India.[3][4][5]

Trotsky Marudu
Trotsky Marudu Maruthappan

(1953-08-12) 12 August 1953 (age 67)[1]
EducationMadras College of Arts and Crafts
Known forVisual arts

Marudu's paintings is a blend of traditional and modern art, mostly figurative and later creeped into semi abstract figurative works. He also shifted his focus slowly into illustration, animation, digital art, photography and his passion towards comic books merged all arts into a single body. He opined that, "The gap between modern painting, illustrations and photography has been bridged, with the computer serving as an all-encompassing platform. Future artists will work like this as multimedia has become a language by itself,".[6]

Marudu has also published many books,[7][8][9][10] and 'Kaalathin Thiraicheelai', a collective collection of Tamil intellectuals view on Marudu-the person, was also published as a book.[11]

Life and careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Marudu born in Madurai was attracted to drawing because of his father MR.Maruthappan, a Trotskyite, who encouraged him by introducing books with illustration. He was also influenced by the hand-drawn portraits of Rabindranath Tagore and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose by M. R. Acharekar, that decorated his house. He began to read and observe finer details of his surroundings by roaming the streets of Madurai[12] and read about Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso when he was in seventh standard. Marudu's drawing masters Augustine and Jeyaraj nurtured him to win many prizes in competitions.[2][1][13]


Marudu's stint at Madras College of Arts and Crafts helped him to meet sculptor Dhanapal, who later became his mentor.[14] He said, "The exposure at college pushed me to another level of understanding and helped in constantly exploring new possibilities". He was the textile designer at the Weavers Service Centre in Chennai and Vijayawada along with K. M. Adimoolam and other senior artistes. Marudu and Adimoolam took initiative in introducing contemporary art that broke all the conservative techniques in many popular magazines of that era. He was also attracted to movies because of his mother, Rukmini Maruthappan as her uncle MS.Solaimalai was a story and dialogue writer who influenced him along with actor S. S. Rajendran. Marudu was particularly attracted by Walt Disney, stop motion animation, trick shots and special effects in movies that prompted him to join as special effects as well as computer graphics coordinator for more than 30 films so far in both Tamil and Telugu languages. [2][1][15][16][17][18][19]


Marudu won the Government of Tamil Nadu 'Best Artist' award in 1978 and the Kalaimamani award in 2007.[2]


Kodukalum VarthaikalumEdit

Kodukalum Varthaikalum is a collection of articles about paintings.[2][7]


This book by MSS Pandiyan and VMS Subaguna Rajan with Marudu's illustration is a collection of cartoons and illustrated essay on C. N. Annadurai, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.[2][20][8]

Vaalor Aadum AmalaiEdit

This book is a rare collection of paintings as well as information about Tamil kings. Marudu told that the costumes portrayed in Tamil films are derived from Marathi films and it never had anything to do with the Tamil culture, so he tried to break this myth in 'Vaalor Aadum Amalai'.[2][9]

Drawings for ChildrenEdit

The books, Line and Circle and Look, the Moon! are special collection of paintings for children. Line and Circle has been translated into 27 languages.[2][21][10]

Where are you going you monkeys?Edit

Where are you going you monkeys? is a collection of folktales from Tamil Nadu written by K.Rajanarayanan with Trotsky Marudu's illustration.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to Rathinam Marudu. He lives and works in Chennai.


Year Film Language Contribution
1989 Sariyana Jodi Tamil Art director, VFX creative director
1992 Mr.Prasad Tamil Art director
1995 Asuran Tamil VFX creative director
1997 Devathai Tamil Art director
1999 Mugam Tamil Art director
2000 Rajakali Amman Tamil VFX creative director
2000 Palayathu Amman Tamil VFX creative director
2001 Nageswari Tamil VFX creative director
2002 Naina Tamil VFX creative director
2006 Sasanam Tamil Art director
2008 Vaazhthugal Tamil Actor [6]
2009 Peranmai Tamil Actor
2010 Nandalala Tamil VFX creative director
2010 Uyir... Uravu... Unmai... Tamil Short film Art director
2010 Magizhchi Tamil Title Animation[23]
2015 Thiru Veerappan’ Tamil Animation
2017 Nagesh Thiraiyarangam Tamil VFX creative director


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  8. ^ a b "கார்டூனாயணம் பேற்றிஞர் அண்ணாவைப் பற்றிய கேலிச்சித்திரங்களும் சித்திரத்தொகுப்புகளும்". Discovery Book Palace. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
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  16. ^ "ஓவியத்தை புரிந்து கொள்ளுதல்!". Kungumam. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  17. ^ "இனி மோஷன் கேப்சரிங் இல்லாமல் படம் எடுக்க முடியாது: ஓவியர் டிராட்ஸ்கி மருது". Dinakaran. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
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  19. ^ Basu, Soma (6 September 2012). "First art gallery of Madurai opens". The Hindu. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  20. ^ Panneerselvan, AS (20 April 2015). "High art: independent trajectory". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  21. ^ "Line and Circle". 2003. ISBN 9781844440191. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  22. ^ Jayawardena, Sharni. "BLAFT: Taking off on transgression". Sundaytimes-Srilanka. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Gowthaman,Magizhchi the director and hero". Kolly Talk. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2017.

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