ISBN 9789350296615,Raja Ravi Varma: A Novel

Raja Ravi Varma: A Novel



Harper Collins Publishers Inc

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789350296615

ISBN-10 9350296616


Number of Pages 320 Pages
Language (English)


He was accused of making the gods look like humans and insulting them by portraying them in the nude. He countered that he saw divinity in both gods and humans, and that nudity was the purest form he knew. This is the story of a little boy who grew up making charcoal sketches on freshly whitewashed temple walls and went on to be titled in the court of Thiruvananthapuram as Raja for his artistic prowess. His painting of a Nair woman who worked in his wifes palace brought him wrath and recognition alike. His deep involvement with Sugandha, the Maharastrian lady, who became Menaka, Damayanti and Urvashi in his most acclaimed works caught the fancy of many critics and admirers. About the Author Ranjit Desai (8 April 1928 - 6 March 1992) was born in Kolhapur district, Maharashtra. Biographical novels were his forte. His most famous works are Morpankhi Sawalya, Shriman Yogi and Swami, based on the life of Madhavrao Peshwa, the third Peshwa. He won the Maharashtra Rajya Award (1963), Hari Narayan Apte Award (1963), the Sahitya Akademi Award (1964) and the Padmshri from the Government of India (1973).