Pathanamthitta, June 21 (UNI) Noted artist V S Valliathan, the recipient of prestigious Raja Ravi Varma Puraskaram this year, died today at his house 'Chitrasala' at Pandalam.
He was 87.
He is survived by his one son, Kannan and one daughter, Sulochana.
He was born to Revathinal Ravi Varma Raja of erstwhile Pandalam Kongdom and Thottathil Madhavi Amma.
Considered to be the last link of Raja Ravi Varma tradition, Valliathan was the recipient of Chitrakala Parishath fellowship in 1996 and the Kerala Lalithakala Academy Award in 2002.
He authored a Kathakali Text 'Natyodbhavam.' He held one-man exhibitions of his paintings at Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam and Kollam.
For the last one year, he had been leading a life of a recluse.
His five famous paintings titled ''Kulakkadavu'' (Bathing Ghat), ''Themmadykkattu'' (Ruffian wind), ''Vreela vivasa'' (Bashful damesel), ''Macbeth'' and ''Prakrithi Drusyam'' (Landscape) were at Sree Chitra Art Gallery. Vallyathan followed a Classical but realistic style. He drew inspiration from his surrunpings, Indian epics and World classics.
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