Born in Kilimanoor (Kerela), Raja Ravi Varma is consider because the father of modern Indian art. Here are some rarely best-known facts about him. Raja Ravi Varma’s uncle recognized his art talent when he discovered Raja Ravi Varma’s paintings on the walls of his house. At the age of 14 he taken to Travancore palace to learn painting from the palace painter. His work gained popularity within the next eight years and a separate post office was open for him at the palace since as he received many letters daily.
In 1873 he was the first Indian artist to receive a prize at the Vienna art exhibitions. Later he stopped participating in any competition. Raja Ravi Varma was one of the first artists to set up a press and produce thousands of copies of his paintings. He was paid Rs 50,000 by the king Ayilyam Thirunal, for a group of 14 paintings.
8 Amazing Facts About Raja Ravi Varma :-
Shantanu and Satyavati from Mahabhart
Raja Ravi Varma had a bold and an artistic style and a strong imagination and didn’t worry to show it in his work. He was the first painter to visualize Gods and Goddesses in a human kind. He painted semi-nude paintings of goddesses and Apsaras like Urvashi, Rambha from the time of Mahabharat and Ramayana that got him into plenty of trouble on the grounds of hurting religious values. But he believed in his work and always had an eye for the undiscovered.
As a small boy, he filled the walls of his home with pictures of animals, acts and scenes from his daily life. Which though irked the domestics, were noted by his uncle, Raja Raja Varma as the signs of a blossoming genius. Ravi Varma had been using the indigenous paints made from leaves, flowers, tree bark and soil that his uncle Raja Raja Varma prepared for him. His 1st set of oil paints brought from Madras when noticing a newspaper advertisement. Excited and nervous, he handled the paints he had waited for a long time.
Shri Rama conquers Varuna from Ramayana.
Raja Ravi Varma was the first artist to cast the Indian Gods and mythological characters in natural earthy surroundings using a European realism. His dazzling oil paintings of India’s ancient glory delighted turn-of-the-century India. His mass reproductions through paleography reached out to the Indian people on a large scale.
As Rukmangada prepares to strike his son, a distraught Sandhyavali swoons.
The small city of Kilimanoor was compelled to open a post office, as letters with requests for paintings arrived from each where. Since his paintings classified mainly into three types; Portraits, Portraits-based compositions and Theatrical compositions based on myths and legends. Lot of controversies were also a part of his career.
Jatayu wars with Ravana.
In 1873 Raja Ravi Varma won the first Prize at the Madras Painting Exhibition. Hence he became a world famous Indian painter after winning within the 1873 Vienna Exhibition. In recognition of the immense contribution of Raja Ravi Varma towards Indian art. The govt of Kerala also has instituted an award in his name known as the ‘Raja Ravi Varma Puraskaram’
Randeep Hooda as Raja Ravi Varma in Rang Rasiya.
Four movies documented on the lifetime of Raja Ravi Varma. The latest one being ‘Rang Rasiya’ starring Randeep Hooda as the lead and directed by Ketan Mehta.
A galaxy of musicians.
Raja Ravi Varma had started a lithographic printing press in 1894 to reprint his artwork of Hindu gods and godesses from Ramayana and Mahabhart. But the press was eventually shut down after it caught fire mysteriously. No reason could derived for the reason behind the fire. Hence rumor has it that the people who opposed his work could are the cause of the incident.
Vivah Patu, the most expensive sari.
Hence according to the Guinness World Records, the most expensive sari in the world is an 8 kilogram sari priced at Rs 40 lakh that pays tribute to his paintings. Named as ‘Vivah Patu’, the sari is flanke by 11 paintings by Raja Ravi Varma and designed by the director of Chennai Silks, Sivalingam.
A tribute was paid to Raja Ravi Varma by weaving a sari that pictured his known painting “Lady Musicians” and 10 other small paintings on it. Hence this sari is recorded in the Limca Book of world records as the most expensive sari within the world. He was the first painter who presented gods as humans. He modelled hindu goddesses on south Indian girl as he considered them very pretty. Some of his famous work include Krishna and Subhadra, Shakuntala, Shantanu & Matsagandha, victory of Indrajit etc.
We can notice the nexus of human relations and Indian culture in his paintings. Raja Ravi Varma has been an inseparable a part of the Indian history and a symbol of pride for the nation as whole. He’s just like the Leonardo da Vinci da vinci of India!