Nandinee Nirmala (Painter) Raj
7 Jan 1935 – 11 Jun 2012
Nandinee was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India, the daughter of Baburao Krishnarao Mestri and his wife Laxmibai. Her father was known as Baburao Painter, the “Father of Indian Film Art”. Nandinee was one of eight children.
After settling in Laguna Beach, California, the renown watercolor landscape artist, G.D. Arul Raj sent for his wife who was then in India. Little did he know what an impact she would make on each and every life she touched in their new community.
Nandinee was a fixture for 8 years in the Festival of Arts, gracing her husband’s booth as she wore her gorgeous saris. She always behaved perfectly, with her gentle demeanor and beautiful smile.
After her husband’s sudden death, she was a 35 year old widow left to raise three young children on her own. She learned to drive and went to work. These things were new and foreign to the innocent housewife. She did it successfully and happily for the sake of her children’s happiness.