Raja Ravi Varma

One of India’s foremost artists, Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), altered the aesthetic notions of the people of the Indian Sub-continent and beyond. His professional career commenced in 1870 with a commission by Kizhakke Palat Krishna Menon, a Sub-Judge at the Calicut to paint a portrait of his family. With this painting commenced an inimitable career which altered our very perceptions of Hindu divinities and visual culture. In 2020, the Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation commemorated 150 years since the commencement of the artist’s professional career by launching on its’ Google Arts and Culture platform, the largest collection of Ravi Varma’s  paintings, sketches and archival photographs.

Collaborating and contributing for this commemorative were

The exhibit was launched on 25 April 2020 by Her Highness Subhangini Raje, the Rajmata Ji of Baroda.

Inauguration​ Video - 25th APRIL 2020

Contributing articles to this commemorative were Her Highness Princess Gauri Lakshmy Bayi who wrote a three part biography of Raja Ravi Varma, Her Highness Radhika Raje, Maharani Sahiba of Baroda who interpreted the painting of Sita Bhumipravesh in an article ‘Reclaiming Shakti’ and Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh who captured the various classical emotions of women in an article ‘The Emotive Raja’.

By Her Highness Gauri Lakshmy Bayi
By Her Highness Radhika Raje Gaekwad
By Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh