Yogi Gopichandra

Ravi Varma Press1890

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation

Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
Bengaluru, India

Raja Gopichandra is a poignant work which brings out the best in Ravi Varma; the characters, the scene, the drama all come to life in this painting where Gopichandra, son of Raja Trilokchandra renounces the throne and power, at surprisingly, his mother Mayanamati's behest to go in search of wisdom. Standing besides Gopichandra, who has donned a flowing garb for the simple, new life ahead of him, is presumably is his wife, who breaks down unable to come to grips with the situation that is confronting her. Gopichandra's story of giving up everything in his prime is stuff of folklore, repeated even to this day in many parts of northern India.


  • Title: Yogi Gopichandra
  • Creator: Ravi Varma Press
  • Date Created: 1890
  • Physical Dimensions: 31 x 46 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, Lonavala
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1848-04-29/1906-10-02
  • 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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