(E–pub) The Painter author Deepanjana Pal
Much that I found myself hooked to it and reading it in all the spare time reading it
all the time could find Which as such is not muchThe book starts with the birth of Ravi Varma in Kilimanoor in Travancore district of Kerala We are carefully painted a picture pun unintended of the background of those times The way families functioned in Kerala the basis of the matrilineal society prevalent in Kerala of those days Details about the way children were brought up the importance of each family member these are all put out for us to better understand the times that Ravi Varma grew up inThe background of his family makes us understand how Ravi Varma born in a little village had good grounding in the arts His mother was a poet and wrote operas His father loved reciting Sanskrit poems that spoke about tales from Mahabharata and Ramayana He was fluent in Sanskrit and MalyalamIt was his uncle who recognised the talent in him and encouraged him to learn He took him to the Thiruvananthapuram court and gave him wings The rest was up to the boy himself Ravi was taken to the court of the Raja. The first time an Indian artist was using the realism and sensuality of the European oil painters and applying them to not just ordinary Indians but to the deities as well The artist prince became India's first celebrity painter The lines to see his exhibition of mythological paintings in Bombay in 1890 the first public showing by any Indian artist were endless; the prices he commanded were astronomical; then when he started his own printing press producing oleo graphs of his work Raja Ravi Varma became a household name Soon every home had a Ravi Varma print For the fir.in all the
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Interesting personality Poor writing I recently got an opportunity to watch the Ketan Mehta film Rang Rasiya The Film Is Rasiya The film is on the life of Raja Ravi Varma the famous painter Since I was impressed by the stunning visuals and the film in general I wrote a blogpost about it But then when one of my friends Pamir Harvey raised a uestion about the film s plot I realised I d written nothing about the plot as such Even as I was watching the film I was wondering about the veracity of its story I realised I new next to nothing about the subject In fact I did not even now that Raja Ravi Varma In fact I did not even now that Raja Ravi Varma to Kerala I suspected some elements of the movie s plot were highly fictionalised I therefore set out to read the book the movie was based on Raja Ravi Varma by Ranjit Desai As the book was being downloaded on my Kindle I noticed The Painter by Deepanjana Pal being offered as a reading option by As things turned out I ended up buying this book as well I wasn t sure it was about Raja
Ravi Varma so I started reading a bit of it The first chapter itself gripped me so. His uncleVarma so I started reading a bit of it The first chapter itself gripped me so. His uncle his precocious talent at art took the teenager to the royal court at the invitation of the Black Heart, Red Ruby king to learn painting there Ravi Varma's debut was to come seven years later when a Danish painter arrived in court to paint the Maharaja and his wife The twenty year old boldly upstaged the experienced artist presenting theing with a flattering painting of the royal couple at the same time as the official portrait was unveiled Jensen the painter never forgave Ravi Varma but for the young man there was no looking back His reputation grew with each painting For. ,
To be a consort for the Princess The Raja dismissed his candidature on the ground that Ravi was too dark But the on the ground that Ravi was too dark But the did ask the boy to stay in the court and learn painting to his heart s content It was not an easy task to learn the boy soon found out There were other painters who guarded their craft jealously More than that the boy wanted to learn about oil painting a medium that fascinated him Oil painting was brought to India by British painters who had followed the British presence in India But they too guarded their secrets jealously Ravi Varma HAD TO BRIBE AN ASSISTANT TO to bribe an assistant to court painter to teach him the secrets of mixing oil paints to get the right color he wantedLike Eklavya he watched learned and perfected his art His chance to show his craft came soon when Theodore Jenson visited Thiruvananthapuram in 1868 He was loath like other painters to allow a gifted painter to watch him work and learn from his techniues But the Raja was a fond mentor to Ravi and he pressurised Jenson into letting Ravi watch him paint Along with Jenson Ravi also painted St time comes a
beautifully told gripping account of Ravi Varma the man who was the darling of thetold gripping account of Ravi Varma the man who was the darling of the courts but who hardly gave his own wife and children any time; the nobleman who took the revolutionary step of being an artist yet who insisted on using the false title of raja; and the idealistic entrepreneur who bankrupted himself running a printing press yet whose dream of bringing art to the masses became a reality Blending fact with imagination writing with wit and lyricism Deepanjana Pal takes you into the life of an extraordinary man and brings him vividly aliv.