Friday, February 19, 2010

Kerala Government to set up enquiry into missing paintings by Raja Ravi Varma |


    • Archana Narayanan, an advocate and the great-grand niece of Varma, alleged that as per records of Kilimanoor Palace (the birth place of Varma) over 75 paintings had been handed over to the government. However, only 55 had been exhibited at the Sri Chitra Art Gallery, based in state capital Thiruvananthapuram, and managed by the Directorate of Museum and Zoo.

      Narayanan alleged that some private galleries had openly auctioned the paintings abroad without prior permission from the Archaeological Survey of India.

      Most of Varma’’s paintings are based on Hindu epics and stories.

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