Prince with a Paintbrush


Author: Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan
Illustrated by Rayika Sen

9789390679317 | PB | pp. 36 | 2021 | Westland Publications

Known as a the father of modern art, Raja Ravi Varma wowed the world with his paintings. Read about him and his achievements in this illustrated book.

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When other kids were busy playing hopscotch with friends, seven-year-old Ravi Varma was painting on the walls of his house. Spotting his nephew’s artistic talent, his uncle Rajaraja Varma took him to the court of the Maharaja of Travancore to study and practice art. The rest, they say, is history. Known as the father of modern Indian art, Raja Ravi Varma wowed the world with paintings that adapted European art techniques like realism to create an entirely local expression. His art gives Hindu gods their most popular imagery, seen today in calendar art and posters. He also established the first lithographic press in India, which created prints of his mythology inspired paintings, in particular scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. It was a big step towards making art affordable for everyone. This magnificently illustrated biography will help young readers discover the life and works of Raja Ravi Varma, the artist who was born into royalty but earned the title of ‘Raja’ for his creativity on canvas.


Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan
Illustrator: Rayika Sen





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About the Author

The author is a children’s author, poet, translator, editor and voice-over talent. She is also a former non-profit development professional who spent two decades as an advocate and fundraiser for persons with disabilities. She has done voice-work for documentaries, educational programs, journalistic initiatives and audiobooks. She has published children’s books in India and the United States, including A Pie Surprise and Other Stories (DC/ Mango Books), the award-winning Indi-Alphabet (Mango and Marigold), and most recently How Many Lines in a Limerick? (Clear Fork Publishing). Her work has been anthologised by Tulika Books, Solstice and Skipping Stones. Essays and reviews have been published in India Currents and


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