The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation has released a short documentary film at Gallery G, Bangalore on 29th April coinciding with the 169th birthday of the celebrated artist. In 2015, his family established the Foundation to felicitate and sustain Varma’s heritage sheltering it from irrelevant stakeholders and making it available for the public.
The eight-minute short film “Beyond The Arch” honors the birth place of the renowned Indian painter from the 18th Century who greatly influenced future generation Indian painters questioning and elaborating on the art and cultural expanse of the subcontinent.
The film showcases the graph of Raja Ravi Varma, with special attention given to his key collection – The Mysore Oil Collection.
Gitanjali Maini, founder, Gallery G and Managing Trustee of the Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation says the foundation’s purpose to screen Beyond the Arch is to understand the painter’s introduction to art at his birthplace in Kilimanoor. Raja Ravi Varma was closely associated with the Royal Family of Kerala, a part of erstwhile Travancore pre Independence.
“Beyond The Arch” took the crew from Kilimanoor to Baroda, where the revolutionary artist had his first show. They further followed him to Mysore to see the collection there and wrapped the film in a matter of a year and half.
The documentary is a great opportunity for art lovers to take a closer look at M. R. Ry. Ravi Varma Koil Thampuran of Kilimanoor who we know today as Raja Ravi Varma.