Raja Ravi Varma Archival Museum Project launched

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Manipal, Dec 30 (UNI) Raja Ravi Varma Archival Museum project, one more jewel added today at the Heritage Village of Hasta Shilpa Trust.

Dr Rama Varma Sripathi Prasad, grandson of the renowned artist Raja Ravi Varma, inaugurated the project at the village where over a dozen of ruined heritage artistic importance buildings from different parts of the country have been reconstructed/remodeled.

Speaking after the launch Dr Prasad said that though his grandfather carved a niche for himself through his paintings in the awakening of the modern and contemporary art movement in India, he remained a controversial person during his period for emulating Western Style use of foreign techniques in his paintings. However, the amount of hard work and immense patience Ravi Varma had in doing all his panting works stands above everything else including criticism of royal patronage he got from Maharajas, he added.

He asserted that Ravi Varma had reached the top in the world of art and became known at the national level and among the ordinary masses whose thousands of copies of oleographs of Hindu Gods and Goddess reached every Indian home giving the imagination of gods and goddess which could not understood by common man described in the great Sanskrit works by great Acharyas like Shankaracharya.

Complementing the trust for taking such effort in setting up the museum project, Dr Prasad said that Heritage Village was the appropriate place to have the archival museum of his grandfather who was a frequent visitor to Sri Mookambika temple at Kollur in Udupi district.

The Trust President Mohandas Pai earlier in his welcome address said that Ravi Varma became a cult figure in India more because of the mass colour reproduction of his works which were displayed in every Indian home, shrine and public place to be enjoyed by all section of the public all the time, than for his original works.

Thus, the process involved in making these colour reproductions and more importantly, the physical properties and accessories including the machineries, litho stones, ink, sketches as also end products like oleographs became at once important. These indeed constituted the archival materials pertaining to the works of Ravi Varma, he added.

He said that Hasta Shilpa acquired all the archival materials connected with the printing process of the works of Ravi Varma from the present owner of the press Robert Sahu with the object of setting up a museum in the name of the great legendary artist for educating the people of the great historic value and their potential.


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