Shakuntala Patralekhan

Ravi Varma Press1895

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

This version of Shakuntala penning a letter to her beloved with her companions beside her, is for representation purposes only, to highlight the drawing titled 'A sketch of Shakuntala' done by Ravi Varma, which has been displayed in the exhibit Master Strokes.


  • Title: Shakuntala Patralekhan
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1895
  • Location Created: Karla, Lonvala
  • Original Source: From the Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation
  • Rights: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
  • Medium: Print
  • Art Form: Print
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-28/1906-10-02
  • 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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