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Celebrating Raja Ravi Varma

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Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was born in Kilimanoor, a small town in Kerala. As a child, Ravi Varma would draw on the walls using charcoal and it was at the age of 14 that Ayilyam Thirunal Maharaja took him to the Travancore Palace where he was taught painting by the palace painter Rama Swamy Naidu. Three years later, he studied under the British painter Theodor Jenson. The techniques learned under these teachers allowed Ravi Varma to explore the interplay of light and shade, of merging the aesthetic notions of the West and the East, and it was his understanding of the epics that allowed Ravi Varma to bring these mythological characters home, allowing us to see them outside the temple walls. Ravi Varma is probably best known for his paintings and later his oleographs of the Ramayana and Mahabharata. To know more about Raja Ravi Varma and the Ramayana, read the essay by Sreetama Ray in our ‘Articles and Essays’ section.  Also: Raja Ravi Varma – Painter of Colonial India by Rupka Chawla (Mapin, 2010)      

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The Hanuman Chalisa

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The Hanuman Chalisa is a 16th century devotional song written by Tulsidas, a poet-saint in the Vaishnava tradition. Written in Awadhi, the poem has 40 verses, whence it get it’s name, the Chalisa. The poem has a simple structure — an opening and closing doha bracketing a series of  –  is extremely popular in northern India and is usually chanted on Tuesdays, Hanuman’s day. Legend has it that Tulsidas went to meet the Moghul Emperor in Delhi., In the royal court, he was challenged to show Rama to the people gathered there. When Tulsidas replied that it was impossible to see Rama without true devotion, he was imprisoned. During his days in captivity, Tulsidas wrote the Hanuman Chalisa. On the day he compelted it, the city of Delhi was over run by monkeys, so many that even the armies of the mighty Moghul could not control them. Finally, the Emperor realised that the monkey menace was a manifestation of the wrath of Hanuman, the Monkey God. He released Tulsidas.   Shri Hanuman Chalisa   Doha Shri guru charan saraj raj, Nij manu mukur sudhare | Barnau raghubar bimal jasu, Jo dhayak phal chare || Budhihien tanu jaanke, Sumerao pavan-kumar | Bal budhi vidhya dehu mohe, Harhu kales bikar ||   Chopai Jai hanuman gyan gun sagar | Jai kapise tehu lok ujagar || Ram dut atulit bal dhama | Anjani putra pavan sut nama || Mahabir bikram bajragee | Kumati … Continue reading

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