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A depiction of a Maharashtrian lady, possibly a singer or courtesan, as is evident from the baithak (floor seating) seen in the image. Draped in rich silks, Ravi Varma clearly showcases the region she is from through the manner in which her sari is draped. The heavy silk stole or odhni was traditionally worn by women of noble descent, or by those who could afford such garments in those times.
It is believed that this reproduction could be the exemplar to Ravi Varma’s painting titled ‘The Bombay Singer’.

Details

  • Title: Vasantasena
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Creator Death Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Creator Birth Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 x 50 cm
  • Type: Reproduction
  • Original Source: From the Sandeep & Gitanjali Maini Foundation
  • Rights: Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Art Form: Print
  • Labels and Inscriptions: Ravi Varma Press, Karla, Lonavla
  • 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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