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Kumar Padmanabha Sivasankara Menon (1898-1982) Letter and Poem, July 17, 1950
  • Kumar Padmanabha Sivasankara Menon (1898-1982) Letter and Poem, July 17, 1950

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Kumar Padmanabha Sivasankara Menon (1898-1982) Letter and Poem, July 17, 1950

the letter signed K.P.S. and addressed to Frank K. Roberts, Deputy High Commissioner to India for the U.K., typed on Indian Ministry of External Affairs letterhead with typed poem penned by Canadian Diplomat Warwick Chipman, Canadian Secretary of State for External Affairs Lester B. Pearson and India’s first foreign secretary and the letter’s author, K.P.S. Menon
letter 8.5 x 6.75 in — 21.6 x 17.1 cm

Estimate $100-$150

Realised: $60
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About artist/note:

The poem pokes fun at ‘the visit of the Commonwealth Representatives on the eve of the inauguration of the Indian Republic.’

“Pillau adn Kurma, burning hot,
Pickles and lime and mango juice,
A still remembered saint, Rajghat*,
Sarees and smells and Republican hues,
All these, we hope, haven’t ruined the health
Of our valiant guests from the commonwealth.”

*Mahatma Gandhi

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Department: Decorative Arts
Decorations