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One of the many sketches that were in Raja Ravi Varma's sketch book, this drawing is of a women playing a musical instrument. It could be one of his many works that have yet to come to light, but the treatment of the subject, the intricate details of her garment and her instrument, are all in the typical style of the artist.

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  • Title: Woman With Musical Instrument
  • Creator: Raja Ravi Varma
  • Creator Lifespan: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • Creator Nationality: Indian
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Creator Birth Place: Kilimanoor, Kerala
  • Date Created: 1880
  • Physical Location: Bengaluru, India
  • Original Source: Collection of Parthasarathy Varma on loan to Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, Bengaluru
  • Medium: Ink on Paper
  • Art Form: Drawing
  • Collection: DAG Private Limited
  • 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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