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C Kondiah Raju (1898-1976) was born to a family as traditional artisans. He spent his initial years painting theatrical backdrops in Tamil Nadu and Ceylon. His early artistic career is not well documented but he rose in fame for his shastric representations of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.

He painted for most of the printers in Sivakasi and Madurai including the Kalaimagal Industries, Madurai; Coronation Litho Works, Sivakasi; Premier Litho Works; Sivakasi. His paintings were also printed in many of the Tamil magazines and Deepavali malars.

His latter years were spent in Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu where he established the "Devi Art Studio". He had a number of pupils who assisted him. His most popular students were M. Ramalingam, T. S. Subbaiah & S. Parani Chittar.