Ashoka vanastha Seeta

Raja Ravi Varma

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Seeta is abducted by Ravana and imprisoned in Lanka in a grove of Ashoka trees. He implores her to marry him and threatens to kill her when she refuses. He then leaves her to be guarded by the asuris, or demonesses, Ekajata, Harijata, Vikata and Durmukhi who try to further harrow her into consent.

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  • Title: Ashoka vanastha Seeta
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Provenance: From the collection of Hemamalini Ganesh and Ganesh Shivaswamy, Bangalore
  • Type: Lithograph
  • Rights: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bangalore
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • About the Artist: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was an Indian artist hailing from Kilimanoor in the present state of Kerala. In a brief lifespan, Varma’s output was prolific and richly textured. His realistically-detailed portrayals of contemporary figures and interpretations of religious and mythological figures enlightened and fascinated an international audience as much as they did his countrymen. He was visionary in other ways as well: he made art more accessible, by printing his paintings in lithographs and his technique and approaches built a bridge of mutual respect and understanding between India and the West.


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