|Hamsa Damayanthi - Princess Damayanthi talking with Royal Swan about Nalan. Oil painting on canvas |
Raja Ravi Varma born at Kilimanoor palace in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore (present-day Kerala) into an aristocratic Nair family. The Nair caste follows a peculiar system called the matrilineal Marumakkathayam system, by which inter-caste marriages are allowed and the lineage and succession are defined by the mother's family. In the case of Ravi Varma, he belonged to the family of his mother (not his father), and his children belonged to the family of their mother (not his own).
|Viswamithirar and Meenaka .www.livemint.com|
|woman on a swing. www.pinterest.comcommons.wikimedia.org|
You will be surprised to know that Ravi Varma, aged 18 married (in 1866) a 12-year-old Bhageerthi Bayi (known formally as Pooruruttati Nal Bhageerathi Bayi Thampuratty) a relative of the of the royal house of Mavelikkara, close to the Royal House of Travancore.
Encouraged by Ayilyam Thirunal, the then Maharajah of Travancore, Ravi Verma learned the basics of paintings from a few well-known workers, at an early age. He learned oil painting from Dutch portraitist Theodor Jenson. The colonial administrator gave him admirable support and Ravi Verma won awards and medals for his works at exhibitions in Vienna in 1873 and in Chicago in 1893.
|Raja Ravi Varma Shrimad Guru Adi Shankaracharya of Kaladi. blog.saffronart.com|
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|Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) indiapicks.com|