Raja Ravi Varma is a legendary artist of India known for his amazing Indian paintings made with European art techniques. Raja Ravi Varma is considered to be amongst the greatest painters in history of Indian art for a number of aesthetic and broader social reasons. Varma, is one of the few painters who have managed to accomplish a beautiful unison of the Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art. He is also known for making affordable lithographs of his paintings. Varma made his lithographs available to public which enhanced his reach and influence as an artist and public figure. In particular, his depictions of Hindu deities and episodes from the epics and Puranas have received profound acceptance from the public and are found, often as objects of worship, across the length and breadth of India. The most popular as well as impressive paintings of Ravi Varma includes the one depicting episodes from the story of Dushyanta and Shakuntala and that of Nala and Damayanti from the Mahabharata.
Incredible India!!! It’s a right tag given to the country. India is a hub of various artisans and craftsmen having their unique skills and is masters in their traditional art form. In the heart of the country lies this village of crafts “Raghurajpur”.
Situated amidst groves of coconut, palm, mango and jack fruit, Raghurajpur is a village in Puri district, Orissa is known for its Pattachitra craft, beside many other practised. The main village has two streets with over 120 houses, most decorated with mural paintings, where the painters reside and practice their Pattachitra craft, and many others.