Ravan and Sita

Raja Ravi Varma1890

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

The beginning of Ravana's end. Blinded by lust and with his mind clouded over Sita's beauty, Ravana hatches a plot to abduct her. With Rama out in search for the golden deer, which is actually the demon Maricha, Ravana tricks Lakshmana, using his brother's voice calling out for help; a concerned Sita orders Lakshmana to go help his brother even as he is reluctant to leave her alone in the ashram. Seizing the opportunity, Ravana, disguised as a hermit comes to Sita's abode, seeking alms before revealing himself and his true intentions. Sita spurns his offer to be his queen but Ravana resorts to abducting her.

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  • Title: Ravan and Sita
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Location Created: Bengaluru, India
  • Physical Dimensions: 25 x 30 cm
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Rights: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma Press
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • 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.