A collage created from the work Bombay Singer (Bombay Songstress) that shows details and close ups of Ravi Varma's unique style and technique. Notice the transparency of the lady's saree, her blouse, its pattern and details are clearly visible from under the saree fabric.
Even the carpet below her feet has been painted in the most painstaking manner. The silk of the carpet is reflected though the sheen, the shine on the prayer utensils reflects light clearly. This technique of such minute detailing is unique to Varma's work.


  • Title: Bombay Singer Collage
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Lifespan: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Creator Birth Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Date Created: 1893
  • Location: India
  • Location Created: Mumbai, India
  • Original Source: Private Collection
  • Rights: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Medium: Oil Paint
  • Art Form: Collage
  • Collection: Private Collection
  • About the Artist: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906), India’s foremost artist, who took art to the masses, hailed from Kilimanoor, in the erstwhile state of Travancore. From a very young age, Ravi Varma, was drawn towards art, imbibing techniques from his uncle and mentor Raja Raja Varma and his mother, Umayamba Bayi, a poet in her own right. Varma was much sought after by the Royals and owing to his popularity and reputation, his spectacular and richly-textured works were prolific. His realistic portrayals of contemporary figures and interpretations of religious and mythological figures fetched him instant and enduring success, lifting his standing in the art world. If the Royals and his countrymen were in awe of this great talent, the international world was spellbound by his imagination and creativity. He ensured that art would be accessible to all, through reproductions of his paintings which were made available, and affordable to everyone.

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