Blinded by lust and driven by a desire to possess Sairandhri, Keechaka, Queen Sudeshna's brother attempts to force himself on Sairandhri, who is actually Draupadi in incognito. The scene is depicted brilliantly by Ravi Varma and the expressions on the protagonists' faces coupled with the fallen tray of fruits gives it a supreme touch.


  • Title: Keechaka and Sairandhri
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Date Created: 1891
  • Location Created: Baroda, India
  • Original Source: Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum, Vadodara
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Art Genre: Painting
  • Dimensions: 50" x 70"
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29, 1906-10-02
  • Collection: Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum, Vadodara
  • 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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