There is one Indian artist whom you have probably heard of, and it is Raja Ravi Varma. an Indian artist who painted in the Western Romantic style.

Until the 19th century, the gods resided in temples built by the rich and royal. Entry into the temples was restricted to the upper castes.

But one man tried to change all that. Raja Ravi Varma was born in 1848 in Kilimanoor, Travancore, Kerala.

He came from a family of intellectuals; his father was a scholar of Sanskrit and an expert on the Vedas, and his mother was also highly educated.

He spent about 30 years in the practise of Indian painting. He opened a lithographic press in Mumbai to publish his paintings.

became a part of daily life through calendars and illustrations by Raja Ravi Varma.

Raja Ravi Varma has used Hindu deities very effectively in his paintings.

He spread Indian mythology and gods in every house without discrimination.

We have only seen God through his paintings; till date there is no other artist who has made lifelike replicas like him in oilcolours.

Raja Ravi Varma's popularity with the general public stemmed from his depictions of history, mythology, and gods and goddesses.

He portrayed characters from Indian literature and culture. The illustrations based on Hindu epics and scriptures are the most prominent feature of his paintings.