Ten fascinating life facts about Raja Ravi Varma

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  1. Raja Ravi Varma was born on 29th April 1848 to Neelakanthan Bhattatiripad and Umamba Thampuratti in Kilimanoor, a small town of Kerala.
  2. He had three siblings, Goda Varma, Raja Varma and Mangala Bayi.
  3. Ravi Varma started showing signs of taking the artistic route at the young age of seven. Whatever he came across in his day to day living, such as pictures of animals, everyday acts and scenes.
  4. At the age of 14, he moved to Thiruvananthapuram, where he received training in water painting by the palace painter, Rama Swamy Naidu. Ravi Varma learned the nuances of oil painting Arumugham Pillai, the student of Ramaswamy Naicker of Madurai.
  5. From 1870 to 1878, he painted several portraits of important Indian aristocracy and British officials and gained much reputation for himself as a portrait painter.
  6. Most of his paintings include pictures of mythological characters from the epics and tales from religious texts and manuscripts.
  7. In 1904, on behalf of the King Emperor, Viceroy Lord Curzon awarded him with the Kaisar-i-Hind Gold Medal.
  8. Raja Ravi Varma got married to Rani Bhageerathi Bayi (Kochu Panki Amma) of Mavelikara Royal House. The couple was blessed with five children, two sons and three daughters.
  9. He breathed his last on October 5, 1906 in the village of Kilimanoor in Travancore. He was 58 at the time of his death.
  10. Due to his immense contribution in the field of art, the Government of Kerala initiated a yearly award in his name, Raja Ravi Varma Puraskaram, which is given to artists who have contributed in the field of art and culture.
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