Beyond The Arch
Raja Ravi Varma was one of India’s greatest artists, whose vision helped forge a new global identity and stature for Indian art by fusing Indian tradition and classical European technique. He made art more accessible by printing his paintings in serial lithographs and his techniques and approaches built a bridge of mutual respect and understanding between India and the West.
The family of Raja Ravi Varma established The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation last year, in 2015. The Foundation works to sustain Varma’s heritage and engage with relevant stakeholders and the public.
gallery g has been the primary patron of all the foundation activities from its inception and maintaining this role, will be releasing Beyond The Arch a short film that pays tribute to the birth place of Raja Ravi Varma who was born M. R. Ry. Ravi Varma Koil Thampuran of Kilimanoor at Kilimanoor Palace, in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore.
The film is being released on 29 April 2017, to mark Raja Ravi Varma’s 169th birthday. The eight minute movie also depicts the ascending graph of the artist for which he is revered till today. Through this film the we attempt to highlight his key collection – The Mysore Oil Collection.
Historian and UNESCO Fellow Dr Choodamani Nandagopal will speak on the subject. The talk details her learning and understanding on Raja Ravi Varma’s Mysore Oil Collection, on which she has completed her thesis.
Venue: gallery g, Maini Sadan, 38 Lavelle Road, 7th Cross, Bangalore
Time: 7:00 pm onwards
Guest of honour: Kannada cine star Puneet Rajkumar
The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation
The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation works to sustain the artist’s heritage and engage with relevant stakeholders and the public. Its primary objectives are to:
- Collect and preserve, catalogue, authenticate and document his paintings, drawings and lithographs;
- Create a library pertaining to art in general and his legacy in particular
- Grant scholarships and foster research into his work and life as well those of his artistic contemporaries and later artists
- Promote his legacy and exponents of his style, approach and sensibility
- Scientifically authenticate his original and lithographic works
The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation is governed by a board of trustees of whom noted artist and descendent of the Varma Royal Family Bharani Thirunal Rukmini Bayi Varma is Chairperson, Gitanjali Maini, Founder and Director of gallery g is CEO, collector and legal advisor Ganesh Shivaswamy is the Honorary Secretary and upcoming artist Jay Gopal Varma is a Trustee.
gallery g was started in 2003 by Gitanjali Maini with the idea that art had to be for everybody – it had to be as accessible as much as it had to have value. Above all, it had to appeal, to please, even to challenge.
Innovative, inclusive and prolific, gallery g exemplifies the contemporary global Indian art gallery that is also an art resource providing informed access to the best art and consultancy services for collectors, investors, architects and interior designers. Apart from its varied service suite, the gallery also promotes art through curatorial, consultative and financial initiatives.
The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation (TRRVHF) was started in 2015 in collaboration with gallery g in its concept, planning and principal funding. TRRVHF was established for the advancement of the Raja Ravi Varma legacy, with the gallery’s professional team looking into its support, mission and day-to- day running.