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Raja Ravi Varma Birth Anniversary: Lesser-known Facts About 'Father of Modern Indian Art'

Raja Ravi Varma is the celebrated Indian painter extensively identified for the unison of the European life like model of portray with Indian imagery. Often known as ‘Father of Trendy Indian Artwork’, he’s the best painter within the historical past of India. He’s famend for portray each – portraits, similar to “Ramanadha Rao and Son” and work of Indian mythology, similar to “Riddhi Siddhi”.

On the 173rd start anniversary of Varma, let’s learn about some lesser-known details about him:

1. Varma was born on April 29 within the 12 months 1848, within the aristocratic household at Kilimanoor within the erstwhile Travancore state of present-day Kerala.

2. Expertise of this prolific painter was exhibited across the age of seven, when he drew on a regular basis scenes and photos of animals on the partitions.

3. In his childhood, he used indigenous colors constructed from leaves, flowers, tree bark and soil. His uncle Raja Raja Varma supported his expertise and taught him portray.

4. By the age of 14, Varma was patronised by Ayilyam Thirunal, the then ruler of Travancore and learnt watercolour portray on the metropolis palace. Later, he was educated in oil portray by Theodor Jenson, a British artist.

5. On the age of 18, Varma was married to 12-year-old Bhageerthi Bayi who belonged to the royal home of Mavelikkara. The couple was blessed with two sons and three daughters. One among his daughters, Mahaprabha Amma, options in a few of his most well-known work.

6. In a brief span of Eight years, Varma turned an adept royal painter. He had portraits of many Indian aristocrats and British officers to his credit score. His recognition grew to such an extent that he was compelled to open a put up workplace as letters and requests for work got here flooding in for him from varied corners of the nation.

7. Varma was the primary Indian artist to make use of oil paints as a substitute of watercolours.

8. He was the primary Indian painter whose work was made accessible to the frequent lots and was not restricted to aristocracy.

9. He began a lithographic printing press in 1894 and produced oleographs, primarily depicting gods, goddesses, and scenes from Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Puranas.

10. In 1873, Varma gained the primary prize on the Vienna Artwork Exhibition.

11. He was bestowed with the title, Kaisar-i-Hind Gold Medal by Viceroy Lord Curzon, on behalf of the British Emperor in 1904.

12. He’s believed to have produced round 7,000 work earlier than his loss of life on the age of 58.

13. His extensively acknowledged works embody Damayanti Speaking to a Swan, Shakuntala In search of Dushyanta, Nair Woman Adorning Her Hair, and Shantanu and Matsyagandha.

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