Saturday, September 12, 2009

Raja Ravi varma (Paintings)

Raja Ravi varma (1848 - 1906) is famous for his paintings based on Indian mythology & epics.  He was was born in Kilimanoor Palace as the son of Umamba Thampuratti and Neelakandan Bhattathiripad.  Even at the young age his talent was spotted by his uncle Raja Raja Varma, (Ravi Varma used to draw on the walls) and gave him initial training in painting. Later he learnt water colour painting from the palace artist Rama Swamy Naidu.  He learnt oil painting from the British artist Theodor Jenson.   Towards the end of the 19th century, when there was a lack of vitality in Indian painting, he was one of the few artists who re-introduced Indian subjects in his works.   

Jatayu attempting to save 
Sita Devi from Ravana
Varuna pacifying Rama's
anger when the sea refused to 
 give way to reach Lanka
Meganathan, after his victory 
over Indran presenting 
Sacchi Devi to Ravana
King Harichandra in his vow to
speak only the truth losing his son
Mother & child
 Mother & child
Bhishma abdicating his right to the throne, 
in order to get the fisher girl married 
to his father Shantanu
Krishna & Balarama freeing Vasudevar
& Devaki after killing Kamsan
 Draupadi in the guise of Sairendri 
being asked to go to Kichaka 
by the queen, Virata's wife
 Draupadi, in disguise carrying honey and 
milk to the court of Keechaka
Lord Krishna as the envoy of the 
Pandavas in the Kaurava court
Damayanthi sending a message 
to Nala through a swan
Shakuntala writing a love letter 
to Dushyantan on a lotus leaf 
with her nail
 Malabar Lady
Lady giving alms
 Lady in the moonlight
These are from my postcards collection..

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