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Raja Ravi Varma: Encounters with the Botanicals

NGMA, Bangalore

To commemorate the 171st birth anniversary of Raja Ravi Varma, the Father of Modern Indian Art, The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation created an educational presentation titled ‘Encounters With The Botanical’ as seen through the art of Raja Ravi Varma. This project was launched on 28th April 2019 in collaboration with National Gallery for Modern Art, Bengaluru, by showcasing a video presentation on the topic, followed by a lecture by renowned historian and writer Rupika Chawla, who authored ‘Raja Ravi Varma: Painter of Colonial India’, that is till date considered the most extensive and comprehensive guide to the artist’s life and work.

The Foundation, along with its associates and partners, produced a 13-minute fascinating video presentation identifying various botanical elements in 33 paintings by the artist, identifying their species, highlighting relevant botanical specifications, and also explaining in detail the content in which each plant, flower, tree, vegetable or fruit has been incorporated into the painting.

The research for this project was planned and executed by Geetanjali Sachdev, Dean Postgraduate Program and the School for Continuing, Open and Professional Education, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, along with Gitanjali Maini, Managing Trustee & CEO, The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation.

The event conducted at the auditorium in NGMA Bengaluru was attended by more than 230 guests. The Foundation will play this short video and showcase the book made on the project every Wednesday from 11:30 am onwards.

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Raja Ravi Varma: An Encounter with the Botanical

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