Contribution & Associations

From inception the Foundation has been associated with several researchers, scholars, authors, historians and restorers for its various activities and events and as Guests to the Foundation. We are grateful for their valuable insights and immense contribution towards all Foundation activities & their personal contribution to Ravi Varma.


Rupika Chawla

Historian, Conservator & Writer

For restoring several important Ravi Varma works including Lady In The Moonlight, Bombay Singer & Hanuman Discourse among others

Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal

Art Historian, Author, UNESCO Fellow

"The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation, with an endeavour, has undertaken collecting, protecting, documenting, researching, conserving, exhibiting, publishing, producing short films and organising lectures, talks and gallery events related to Raja Ravi Varma. I am delighted to see the work carried by the Founder Trustees, especially Gitanjali Maini an enthusiastic, dynamic person with a dedication to the artistic legacy of Raja Ravi Varma has created a sound base for Raja Ravi Varma and related happenings. The Foundation, through the process is facilitating the new generation to appreciate and understand Indian mythology through the visual culture created by Raja Ravi Varma. I am proud to have been associated with them, delivering a lecture to commemorate his 170th birthday and release the movie 'Beyond the Arch'. I wish them all success in preserving and passing to future generations the grand heritage of Raja Ravi Varma."

Conservation & Restoration

Priya Khanna (Art-Life Restoration Studio)

For restoring a rare, 26” X 34” reproduction of Mohini

Rupika Chawla

Expert Talks

Dr. Usha Balakrishnan

Art and Jewellery Historian

"Ravi Varma is etched in our collective memory and the opportunity to share what few people have looked at and few people have studied is an honour and a privilege. I look at a Ravi Varma painting from a totally different perspective that an art connoisseur would, I delve into the paintings, I study the jewellery, the textile, and the opportunity to share this with like minded people invited by The Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation has been an immense pleasure and a great privilege."

Olaf Van Cleef

Artist & Jewellery Designer
The Art of Embellishment

Rukmini Varma

Chairperson TRRVHF
Hidden Truth: Raja Ravi Varma: The Inside Story

Textile Revival

Gaurang Shah

Textile Revivalist

Lavina Baldota

Khadi Revivalist

Lead Researcher

Manu S. Pillai

Author: The Ivory Throne & Rebel Sultans
Winner of the 2017 Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar

"I have had the pleasure of speaking at the Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation on more than one occasion, and was delighted to see the commitment they evince to not only celebrating the legacy of India's most distinguished classical painter, but also in understanding the period he lived in, and the flowering of Indian art and culture in his day. The Foundation has highlighted the works of forgotten painters from that era, and is proactively pursuing the creation of a home for their legacies that were scattered, so far, across India. The book events conducted by the Foundation were exceedingly well-attended, bringing together distinguished minds from Bangalore and elsewhere. It is always a privilege to return not only for the lovely events the Foundation offers, but also to study works by old masters that every now and then pass through its hall, bringing alive a different age in an altogether wonderful experience."

Special Lectures

Rukmini Varma

Chairperson TRRVHF
The Timeless Art of Raja Ravi Varma

Jay Varma

Trustee TRRVHF and Artist
In Search of his Roots

Gitanjali Maini

Managing Trustee & CEO TRRVFH
An Eye for the Ages

Video & Film-editing

Trika Films

For making “Beyond The Arch”, a film on Ravi Varma’s birthplace, Kilimanoor

Recommended Reference Books on Ravi Varma & Art Styles

Erwin Neumayer and Christine Schelberger

Author: Raja Ravi Varma: Portrait Of An Artist & The Diary Of Raja Raja Varma

Rupika Chawla

Author: Raja Ravi Varma: Painter Of Colonial India

Parsram Mangharam

Author: Raja Ravi Varma: The Painter Prince

Ralph Mayer

Author: The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques

Top-5 recommended visits for original Ravi Varma masterpieces

In its endeavour to identify original Ravi Varma works, the Foundation, having visited these museums/galleries recommends these five.

1. Sri Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery, Mysore

2. Sri Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram

3. Maharajah Fateh Singh Museum, Baroda

4. Government Museum, Egmore

5. Hasta Shilpa Heritage Village, Manipal

Musical Associations


Philharmonic Orchestra, Tripunithara

Proud Partners

Google Arts & Culture

Helping explore collections from around the world, created by Google Cultural Institute. Showcasing artworks, collections and stories of Ravi Varma in a new way through this digital platform.

Ongoing Associations

Vikas Urs


Geetanjali Sachdev

Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma Programs
Srishti Institute of Art, Design & Technology

Lisa Rasmussen


Kumkum Nadig

Visual Design

Prerna Bishnoi

Video Presentation

Botanical Verification

Dr Shefali Sabharanjak
Alumnus NCBS
Prof Madhav A. Pendse
SP College, Pune
Vinaya Ghate
Agharkar Research Institute, Pune
Dr. Rangaian Ganesan
Ashoka Trust for Research In Ecology And The Environment

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