Vasudeva Devaki Bandhana Vimochan

Raja Ravi Varma and Ravi Varma Press Malavli LonavalaCirca 1930

The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation

The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation
Bengaluru, India

VASUDEVA DEVAKI BANDHANA VIMOCHAN or the Release of Vasudeva and Devaki: Kamsa, Devaki’s brother, had held the couple captive on the pretext their 8th child would kill them. Despite his best efforts, fate ordained and Krishna, the 9th incarnation of Vishnu was born. Krishna killed Kamsa and thereafter immediately released his parents from captivity.

This print from the Ravi Varma Press derived from a painting by Raja Ravi Varma depicts the infant Krishna ordering the release of his parents. A servant is seen breaking the chains which shackled his parents. This is a print from a painting of Raja Ravi Varma in the collection of the Jagan Mohan Palace, Mysore.


  • Title: Vasudeva Devaki Bandhana Vimochan
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma, Ravi Varma Press Malavli Lonavala
  • Date Created: Circa 1930
  • Physical Dimensions: 50 x 35 cms
  • Provenance: The Hemamalini and Ganesh Shivaswamy collection, Bengaluru.
  • Subject Keywords: Raja Ravi Varma, Mysore, Gigapixel
  • Type: Chromolithograph
  • Rights: The Ganesh Shivaswamy Foundation, Bengaluru.
  • Creator's Biography: Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a prolific Indian artist who is recognized for his resorting to the academic realistic style of painting. His portraits of English and Indian royalty and aristocracy were well received. His paintings on Hindu religious and mythological subjects and paintings from classical and literary sources were highly sought after even during his lifetime. He painted several copies of his works and this demand led to the suggestion to have his paintings printed in the form of oleographs. The Ravi Varma Fine Art Lithographic Press was established in Bombay (now Mumbai) and commenced operations in 1894. Many of Ravi Varma's paintings were printed as chromolithographs at this Press. These chromolithographs would have a tremendous impact on religion, society and aesthetics. They went on to democratize art leading to immortalize Ravi Varma in the minds of the people of the Indian subcontinent.

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