Shakuntala Janm (Birth of Shakuntala)

Ravi Varma Presscirca 1890

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

Menaka comes to show their baby to Vishwamitra but the Maharishi point blankly refuses to acknowledge the birth of the child, not willing to look at the girl child even. Menaka, the apsara, decides to go back to her abode in the heavens, leaving the new-born baby on the banks of the river near sage Kanva's ashram. The pious sage finds the child and seeing the Shakunta birds surrounding her, names her Shakuntala and raises her as his own.


  • Title: Shakuntala Janm (Birth of Shakuntala)
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: circa 1890
  • Type: Competition Edition Reproduction
  • Original Source: From the Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation
  • Rights: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Medium: Print
  • Art Genre: Print
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma Press, Karla, Lonavala
  • Dimensions: 35x50 cms
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Collection: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • 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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