Raja Ravi Varma

Born – 29th April 1848, Trivandrum Travancore British raj India

Died – 2nd October 1906, Trivandrum Travancore British raj  India

Nationality – Indian

Raja Ravi Varma was a renowned Indian painter. He inspired the future generations to a great extent. Ravi Varma was closely related to the royal family . Even the title Raja was given to him by the then Viceroy and the Governor General of India.

Ravi Varma was born in a creative family his father Ezhumavil Neelakanthan Bhattatripad was a scholar of Sanskrit and Ayurveda and mother Umayamba Thampurrati was a poet and writer and from a very young age Ravi Varma was inclined towards art . Ravi Varma’s brother Raja verma was also a painter and worked closely with him.

From a very young age Ravi Varma was interested in art and color, he used to colour the walls of his house and make drawings of animals or everyday daily work chores. His Uncle Raja Raja Varma noticed his potential in the field of art and decided to get him formal training in water colors.After being trained by various artists Ravi Varma emerged as a finest Indian Painter. He excelled in depicting scenes from Indian literature and epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

He combined Indian tradition with European technique. Further he made lithographs available of his paintings to the public. It was for this reason that the common people started developing a interest in fine art.

Awards and Achievements

  • 1904, the Viceroy lord Curzon bestowed upon Verma the Kaisar – I- Hind Gold Medal
  • In 1873 he won an award in Vienna
  • In 1893 at the world Columbian Exposition he was bestowed with three gold medals for his work of art
  • Several schools, colleges, institutions have been named after him.

Some of his major works include

He will always be remembered for his key contribution to the society and his important art works.

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