Vanvasi Ram

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Capturing the story of their exile, this reproduction depicts Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshmana during their 14-year sojourn in the forest. The blue body of Ram is in spectacular contrast to Sita's red sari and significantly, their youthful faces possibly indicates the artist's intention of showing it to be an early part of their exile. The quintessential deer in the forest can never be missed!

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  • Title: Vanvasi Ram
  • Location Created: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Physical Dimensions: 20 x 30 cm
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Rights: The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma Press, Karla, Lonavala
  • 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.