Art Classes / Painting Lessons

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Painting Sessions at Artist's Studio

Painting sessions with Singapore artist Prabhakara Jimmy Quek at the artist's studio

Anyone who is interested to do painting or drawing at any level with the artist can register online to book for the art lessons; either lessons  in a small group or one-on-one with the artist.

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1. Acrylic Painting for Beginner

For beginners as well as those with some experience

You will learn to paint with acrylic medium, how to use art materials effectively and techniques to mix colors. You will be guided in using various methods to achieve different visual effects.

Besides practical exercises to investigate colors, lines, shapes, form, volume, light, texture, you will learn to develop skills to paint and to complete still life painting and in doing so, discover the freedom and ease of painting with this modern, non-toxic and versatile fine art medium - Acrylic.

Finally get to enjoy the freedom of expression in creating your original acrylic paintings either from direct observation, photos and visual references or through your own experiences, feelings and thoughts, ideas, dreams and imagination. For details click here.

Dates available for booking are stated in registration form, click below Register Now sign for the registration form.

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(Above paintings by Hannah Lim (Age:9), Alicia Png and RPP.)

2. Painting for Improver 

For those who has some experience, but keen to improve themselves further

This module will help to develop problem solving and decision making skills related to visual perception and visual realization such that further progress in painting, technical and conceptual skill can be made.

Thus, further develop ones ability to reflect upon ones work to improve and to communicate your formal and conceptual intentions into a piece of work and further ones artistic development.

Dates available for booking are stated in registration form, click the below Register Now sign for the registration form.

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(Above paintings by Sunnica Chan, Vynn Tan and Vivien Lee.)

3. Painting with the Artist

For those who seeking painting as a recreational activity

Here you will be able to explore further in your artistic journey for still life painting, landscape painting, floral painting, creative painting or painting for fun either with watercolor, acrylic or oil medium for exploration and creation.

These lessons are more suited for those who wish to have fine art painting sessions with the artist either for representational, non representational painting (abstract painting) or experiment alternative artistic traditions at any level to further their skills.

Dates available for for booking are stated in registration form, click below Register Now sign for the registration form.

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(Above paintings by Marilyn Johnston, Paula Nikita and Kho Che Kiat.)

4. Basic Sketching / Drawing 

Drawing has been the very foundation of all art. Accurate drawing is the basis of all representational art. You will learn how to "see" and "record" what you see, using pencils on paper for your drawing. You will do sketching and drawing using direct observation method on still-life. Practical exercises include drawing shapes, drawing in line and tone, relationships between subjects, perspective and proportion.

These lessons are helpful for those without any experience at all and plan to take up fine art painting lessons in future and for those who wish to improve their painting skills by first strengthening their foundational drawing skills.

It is also useful for those who just simply like to learn the skills of sketching and drawing as a method of conveying an idea or feeling in pictorial terms. The skills and techniques acquired here will change your awareness of visual aesthetics for the rest of your life. For details click here.

Dates available for booking are stated in registration form, click below Register Now sign for the registration form.

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(Above drawings by June Ang, Guzel Mansurova and Andrea Goh.)

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(Above drawings by Jiwon Han, Kenichi Furusawa and Fang Hui Min.)

5. Oil Painting Lessons

For beginners as well as those with some experience

You will learn to paint with oil paints and use oil medium effectively. You will learn the basic skills and techniques to mix your colors well. You will be guided in using various methods to achieve different visual effects for various types of paintings.

Finally get to enjoy the freedom of expression in creating your oil paintings either from direct observation, photos and visual references or through your own experiences, feelings and thoughts, ideas, dreams and imagination.

Dates available for booking are stated in registration form, click below Register Now sign for the registration form.

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(Above oil painting by Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.)


Time Schedule and Fee

Small Group Session

Personal attention and individual guidance are assured. The size of the class is capped at 6 people per small group session. Each participant progresses at their own pace and course following their unique time schedule.

You could register and book for your painting or drawing sessions and begin your artistic practice any time when there is a slot available. Booking is based on a first comes first served basis.

Fees depend on number of sessions you book:

1 session, SGD90.

2 sessions, SGD160.

3 sessions, SGD225.

4 sessions within 1 month, SGD260.

4 sessions within 2 months, SGD300.

8 sessions within 2 months, SGD500.

8 sessions within 3 months, SGD560.

12 sessions within 3 months, SGD740.

12 sessions within 4 months, SGD800.

Saturday morning 10 am - 12 nn.

Saturday afternoon 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm.

Sunday morning 10 am - 12 nn.

Sunday afternoon 4 pm - 6 pm.

Wednesday morning 10 am - 12 nn.

Thursday morning 10 am - 12 nn.

Current available dates for booking are stated in the registration form for your selection. Click below Register Now sign for that.

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(Photos: Small group session at Artist's home studio.)

One-on-one Private Session

Booking is based on a first comes first served basis.

1 session, SGD360.

2 sessions, SGD700.

3 sessions, SGD1,000.

4 sessions within 1 month, SGD1,300.

4 sessions within 2 months, SGD1,400.

8 sessions within 2 months, SGD2,500.

8 sessions within 3 months, SGD2,600.

12 sessions within 3 months, SGD3,700.

12 sessions within 4 months, SGD3,800.

Tuesday morning 10 am - 12 nn.

Thursday afternoon 3 pm - 5 pm.

If you have others wish to join you in the session and when situation allows, you can inform Prabhakara Jimmy Quek in advance for including them in the session. For that an extra fee of SGD100 per person per session shall be added to the above fees.

For any other days of the week or other time slots, please contact and check with the artist for availability. Tel: 67823579 or email: pabha@singnet.com.sg 

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(One-on-one session at Artist's home studio.) 

Painting Session at Your Place

For special situation, you may wish to invite Prabhakara Jimmy Quek for either basic sketching/drawing or painting sessions at your place in Singapore. 2 hours per session. Click here for fees and information.

Registration and Payment of Fees

Registration is done online and payment is to be made in advance for first time booking. We shall reply you by email, informing you the availability of your scheduled sessions after registration has been made.

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Payment can be made via a bank transfer to the POSB savings account 170153596 or using a credit card or PayPal.

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For subsequent booking, you can either continue to make your booking and payment of fees online or during your painting/drawing session using cash payment. Receipt will be given for cash payments.

Terms and Conditions

There will be no make-up session if you are absent from your scheduled session. No reschedule of sessions is allowed once the scheduled sessions are confirmed. Fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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(Above paintings by Valerie Neo, Michelle Kang and Suganya.)


Participants' Artwork

Participants make satisfactory progress each time according to their levels of artistic practice and development.

They are from all walks of life (from accountant, auditor, banker, corporation director, physician, teacher, lecturer, engineer, financial analyst, lawyer, IT personnel, executive, stewardess, translator, architect, researcher, game tester, consultant, businessman, expatriate spouse, housewife, CEO, secretary, artist, designer, monk, retiree to student of university, polytechnic, art college, art school, junior college, secondary and primary school etc), they are of different ages and from different nationalities (from Singapore, Netherlands, India, China, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Britain, Portugal, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Serbia, Italy, Philippines, France, Russia, Ukraine, Canada, USA, Australia to Kazakhstan).

Below are examples of their artworks:

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(Above artworks by Alicia Png, Vivien Lee, Michelle Yong, Janivfer Lim and Hannah Lim.)

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(Above artworks by Hannah Lim, Elena Markina, Michelle Yong, Lin Ho and Janivfer Lim.)

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(Above artworks by Michelle Yong, Janivfer Lim, Kate Yuan, Cavel Tiffany and Vivien Lee.)

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(Above artworks by ES Dhivya, Hannah Lim, RPP, Jen Wong and Alicia Png.)

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(Above artworks by Parul Trivedi, Jen Wong, Michelle Yong, Cheryl Yeong, and Alicia Png.)

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(Above artworks by Hannah Lim, Fiona Lee, Arva Kayamali Rangwala and Padmaja, Parul Trivedi.)

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(Above artworks by Alicia Png, RPP, Michelle Yong, Jen Wong and Sunnica Chan.)

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(Above artworks by Kenichi Furusawa, Michelle Kang, Bianca Kremer, Marc Coulaud and Nancy Lim.)

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(Above artworks by Hannah Lim, Valerie Neo, RPP, Suan Ong and Chew Yian Pin.)

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(Above artworks by Fiona Lee, Suan Ong, Pauline Chew, Marc Coulaud and Jen Wong)

We have documented participants' artworks online at Participants' Work Gallery: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, some participants' works are also posted at Featured Artists Gallery and Pabha Gallery.


Art Materials Needed

Participants bring their own art materials for their sessions.

For acrylic painting

You need acrylic paints, acrylic mediums, stretched canvas or canvas panel or acrylic pad, some painting brushes, tear-off palette, paper towel, spray bottle, water container, watercolors pencil or charcoal stick or pencil, color wheel for acrylic painting. Others like painting knifes, impasto gel medium, glaze medium, texture paste, slow drying gel and gloss varnish are optional for beginner.

Recommended colours for beginners: Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Medium Yellow, Brilliant Red, Crimson, Blue Lake, Pathalo Blue, Light Green, Pathola Green, Yellow Orchre, Burnt Sienna, Mars Black.

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(Above photos are samples of acrylic paints and tools that you need for painting session.) (More about acrylic paints, click here)

For oil painting lessons

You need a set of oil paints, brushes, canvas, low odour turpentine (or low odour thinners), purified linseed oil, alkyd flow medium,  double dipper, charcoal stick, painting knifes, tear-off palette, paper towel, color wheel for oil painting.

For sketching & drawing lessons

You need 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B pencils, kneaded rubber, eraser (though erasing is discouraged in sketching), sharpener, drawing paper or drawing block (min size: 273 x 375mm or A3 size: 297 x 420mm).

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(Above photos are samples of pencils you need for sketching/drawing session.)

Where to buy the art materials

You can buy art materials from book shops or art shops in Singapore such as:

Art Friend (BBC) Pte Ltd at #03-33 Bras Basah Complex, Singapore 180231.

Overjoyed Pte Ltd at 89 Short Street #B1-08 Golden Wall Centre, Singapore 188216.

Straits Art Co Pte Ltd at North Bridge Center at #01-27, 420 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188727.

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(Above artworks by Janivfer Lim, Jessica Wong and Jen Wong.)


More about the Artist

Prabhakara Jimmy Quek, born 20 November 1955 in Singapore, is a professional artist, painter. He started learning art since 1971. He has been practicing art full time since 1986.  

Jimmy held his first one-man art exhibition in 1987 and since then he had held 11 one-man art exhibitions. He has exhibited his works in more than 80 group exhibitions in Yokohama, Kobe, Sapporo, Rotterdam, New York, Washington DC, Indianapolis, Dallas, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Beijing Quanzhou, Shanghai, korea, Fukuoka, Osaka,Thailand, Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.

Jimmy's paintings adorn major areas of corporations, institutions, ministries, convention centres, airline lounges, banks, hospitals, offices and homes of art lovers and art collectors worldwide. His works are in the permanent collection of Singapore Art Museum.

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(Photo taken at Raffles City (left) and collector's place.)

Jimmy was winner of First Prize in IBM Art Award in 1988. He was member of the Judging Panel for Della Butcher Award for Excellence in the Art 1994 and Member of of the Judging Panel for Philip Morris Group of Companies Singapore Art Awards in 1995. When Jimmy was a student in 1974 he was awarded Third Prize in National Art Competition for Open Section Western Painting.

Jimmy was invited as External Assessor for Diploma in Visual Arts Assessments for 2-D Studies in the School of Fine Art, Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts in 1999 and Member of the Department of 2D and 3D Studies Course Accreditation Committee, Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore in 1999/2000.

Jimmy and his art are featured in many important art books and publication. His art activities and achievements are reported in the news.

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(Jimmy and his arts are recorded in publications and in the news.)

Before Jimmy became full time artist, he taught Art at Siglap Community Centre and Mountbatten Community Centre in the 80's. After  practicing art full time, he was requested to conduct Sketching / Drawings (Elementary/ Intermediate/ Advanced levels) and Acrylic Paintings at Federation of Art Societies, Singapore when it was located at Church Street in early 90's. He conducted Painting Workshops for teachers at Metta School in 2003.

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(Outdoor sketching lesson at Church Street.)

Jimmy agreed to make himself available for those who require artistic assistance in their artistic journey. He shares his artistic skills and visual experiences with those who wish to learn painting or basic sketching/drawing from him at his studio at Tampines in Singapore since 2009.

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(Painting session at Artist's home studio at Tampines.) 


Feedback Received

Below are some feedback that we have received from the participants:

"Grateful for your professional sharing of your knowledge and expertise."

"Jimmy Quek is a very experience Artist and Art Teacher. I enjoy and learn a lot from him."

"Jimmy Quek is very patient and encouraging!"

"It was a great session today. I felt comfortable and relax to learn in your studio."

"Certainly a metamorphosis from a complete foreigner in painting to an okay-practitioner. Your guidance and pointers, as well as the practical demonstrations were pivotal, appreciate it!"

"I improved much after I have studied from you."

"When I first step into your house and listen to the way you teach, I knew I've met a fantastic artist. Not just a capable art teacher but also a very caring friend who always teach me to learn and behave in good manner. Totally beyond my expectation... Today, I'm able to get into my course and follow my passion is because of your great help. I have improved a lot and I felt very prepared for my studies. Once again, thank you so much!"

"I enjoyed myself during the lesson, I do like the atmosphere as well! Thank you for being so patient with me!"

"I am glad that I had sketching lessons with you."

"I have passed NAFA's exam. Thanks for your drawing lesson."

"Thank you very much for the wonderful learning time."

"I feel fortunate to have taken this course, and more importantly had you train carefully each step along my drawing journey. I am also glad you shared with me and help me understand the ultimate goal of art which I never knew before. I love to see each member of your family works in harmony, so happy and peaceful."

"I really appreciate for all your teaching and caring. I always enjoy my lessons with you."

"Even though I am an artist and have had several exhibitions in Switzerland, I was not satisfied. From my first to my last session with Jimmy my painting advanced rapidly. Jimmy's enthusiasm is infection and you can not help but be inspired. The way of Jimmy's guidance is ideal for any level of budding artist. If you really want to realize your full potential than you must visit Jimmy! Thank you again, maestro."

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(Above paintings by Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.)

"The atmosphere of the class was very comfortable and I really enjoyed it."

"My daughter obtained an "A" in her Art at GCE "O" level examination. Thank you very much Jimmy."

"You have been a great mentor for me in the small journey of art so far."

"The classes have been useful to me and I did learn a lot from the lessons taught. I look forward to continuing my lessons with you when I next have the time."

"I really enjoy the painting lesson."

"Each session always made me very happy and a grateful person to know you."

"I am very thankful to have attended Mr Jimmy's art lessons. Now that I am dealing with my art exam, I could easily apply the skill Jimmy taught me. Thank you very much Mr Jimmy. I miss you and Siew Hooi. Miss all those lessons I had from you. Will visit you soon."

"I love the painting so much and I look forward to be able to learn more from you."

"I am very happy that I got a chance to learn sketching from you. I never tried sketching and never thought of doing it, but when I came to you I found it very interesting and learned so many helpful techniques which will help me in future. Thanks for your guidance."

"I enjoyed all lessons with you and you have made changes in my life. I am so thankful to know and have you as my art teacher!"

"Thank you so much again, I enjoyed your class very much. I have learn a lot from you and you have been very patient teaching me."

"I see passion and joy in you in every class and to every student. Wow! I admire and salute to you. Yes I enjoy every lesson with you especially your great sense of humour; I am more relaxed. Feels like I have 'escaped' into my painting."

"Thank you for all your guidance, patience and encouragement, and making every class a new learning experience."

"Thanks Jimmy. I am so happy painting...and surprisingly the pencil drawing! The doctor tell me I am recovering very well from my surgeries. Really, I think all this painting helps!"

"I am so lucky to have got an opportunity to be your student. The skill I learn from you and the resulting happiness are priceless."

"I am very grateful for your invaluable advice. Your 'criticisms' which I take very positively helped me progress in this learning journey and I enjoy our exchanges."

"Thank you very much for all the encouragement and guidance given to me during my 4 month's training at Pabha Studio. It was truly a beautiful experience learning art with lots of laughter and good memories. "

"Thank you for the guidance and feedback you have shared these past weeks especially on how to approach each painting project. I'm learning and discovering something new each week about this art form and the importance of practice!"

"I have enjoyed very much the sketching session this afternoon and your enthusiasm to teach D and me as much as possible. You are opening a whole new world in the art domain for me. It is much appreciated."

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(Above paintings by Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.)

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Advice from the Artist

There are many ways to learn a complex and personal subject such as art. However, a sound background in direct observation and representational painting is always useful to achieve a reasonable standard of skill in one's chosen medium.

Many objects around us are good subjects for beginners to draw and paint. Once you have learnt how to see and how to record the objects on a surface, you can then experiment with different techniques and media. You can even further explore the world of imagination and work with intuition.

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You can do it if you want to learn it and you take action in art making. One who has regular and continuing practice will certainly produce better results in one's art work, be it representational or non-representational art.

It is fun and useful to learn sketching and painting and to continue learning and practicing them regularly.

You are welcome to join the painting sessions. I'll be happy to assist you along your artistic journey.

You will build-up your self-confidence and attained a sense of achievement through art. You will enjoy art making and appreciate art in life.

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(Above paintings by Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.)


Getting Here

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286 Tampines St 22 #07-171 Singapore 520286. Tel: 67823579.

By Car

Take the PIE towards Changi Airport, look for Exit 3B and turn left at Exit 3B. Keep left and turn left into Tampines Avenue 2, keep left and turn left into Tampines Street 22. Turn right into the car park at Block 286. Park your car near the entrance. Click here for location map.

By Taxi

An easy and convenient way.

By MRT and Bus

Alight at Tampines MRT Station (EW2) and then take bus service number 292 at Tampines Bus Interchange. Alight at the bus stop (B03) in front of Block 283 at Tampines St 22. It is the 6th bus stop from the Bus Interchange. Walk about 100 steps from bus stop to Block 286. Click here for location map.

By Bus

Alight at the bus stop in front of Block 285 along Tampines Ave 2. Bus services available there are 8, 18, 28, 17, 292, 59, 34, 39 and 518. Or , alight at the bus stop in front of Block 206 opposite Block 285, bus services available there are 3, 8, 18, 17, 28, 59, 34, 39 and 518. Click here for location map.

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(Above watercolors paintings by Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.)


Enquiry and Registration

If you have any questions regarding drawing or painting sessions, please check it at Commonly Asked Question page, if that has not answered your questions, do feel free to check with Jimmy or Siew Hooi at 67823579 or email to: pabha@singnet.com.sg

For registration, please register online and pay in advance for your booking. We shall reply you by email informing you the availability of your scheduled sessions. Booking is now open for current and forthcoming sessions. Dates available for booking are stated in registration form. Click below Register Now sign for the registration form.

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For Payment, you can make bank transfer to POSB savings account 170153596 or you can use credit card or PayPal to pay for your fees.

Art Lessons

or

Art Lessons

For subsequent booking, you can either continue to make your booking and payment of fees online or during your painting/drawing session using cash payment. Receipt will be given for cash payments.

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Jimmy Quek       Siew Hooi

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(A recent photo of Jimmy Quek and Siew Hooi)

 

"I am happy to help people in their painting and drawing. I enjoy seeing them grow and transform in their artistic journey"

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286 Tampines St 22 #07-171 Singapore 520286   Tel: 67823579   Email: pabha@singnet.com.sg   Website: www.pabha.com

 

Acrylic Painting for Beginner  |  Painting for Improver  |  Painting with the Artist  |  Basic Sketching / Drawing  |  Oil Painting Lessons

 Lessons for Kids  |  Time Schedule and Fee  |  Art Materials Needed  |  More About the Artist  |  Advise from the Artist 

 Participants' Artwork  |  Feedback Received  |  Getting Here  |  Enquiry and Registration  |  Registration Form  |  Facebook Page

 

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Acknowledgements: Prabhakara Jimmy Quek would like to thank all participants who allowed us to post their art works online. All artworks posted at Pabha websites are the property of their respective copyright owners. Any works posted against the wishes of the copyright owner will be removed upon request. The content of Pabha websits is not copyright free. Reproduction and commercial use is therefore forbidden. All Rights Reserved. Updated on 10 February 2014.

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