Interesting facts about the ‘Father of Indian Art’: Raja Ravi Varma

Raja Ravi Varma is immensely popular as the ‘Father of Indian Art’. He was born on 29th April in the year 1848. From the very beginning, he had an eye for light, color and intricacy that he used for infusing his paintings with life.

He is mostly known as the painter who paints Hindu deities and mythological characters.  He has painted scenes from famous Indian mythological texts like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. He has also depicted the expressions of shyness and the lure on Lord Krishna’s face in the best way possible.

Moreover, he always wanted art to be embraced by all sections of the society and that is why he himself created the prints and lithographs of his original paintings. This in return boosted his reach and influence as an artist.
Hence, this blog post will bring to your knowledge, some of the most important fascinating facts about ‘The Father of Indian Art’- Ravi Raj Varma. Keep reading to know them.

  • He uncovered his artistic skills at the age of 7, when he painted with charcoal on the walls of Kilimanoor Palace in Kerala.
  • He had large masses captivated by his appealing Indian art. His paintings were loved so much so that Kilimanoor Palace of Kerala had to set up a post office to settle and maintain the numerous painting requests from people.
  • Raja Ravi Varma was closely associated with the royal family of Travancore situated in the southern tip.
  • He was the very first artist who made his works accessible and affordable for every section of the society by selling prints and lithographs.
  • His works reflect the perfect amalgam of European and Indian painting styles.
  • ‘VivahPatu’ is the most expensive saree in the world which is 15-pounds in weight and is priced at USD 100,000. The saree is bordered and printed with 11 masterworks of Raja Ravi Varma and has its name etched in Limca Book of World Records for the same. Moreover, the saree is designed by the director of Chennai Silks, Sivalingam.
  • In totality, four movies have been either inspired or entirely based on Ravi Varma’s life.
  • He has won the Vienna Art Exhibition in the west
  • He won the prestigious Vienna Art Exhibition in the west on 1873.

His paintings are stilled loved and admired so much so that in an auction, his ‘Damayanti’ painting was sold for $1.6 Million in New York. This is a notable indicator of his artworks appeal even after the diabetes took his life. He didn’t only filled the scenes of fights of the famous Hindu mythological characters with life but the romance and the charisma of the female deities as well.

Nevertheless, we hope these facts have satiated your desire to know not that widely known facts about ‘The Father of Indian Art’. Tell us in the comments if we have missed out on any other lesser known fact.

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