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Damayanti

Damayanti

Damayanti was the wife of Nala, the king of Nishadha Kingdom

[Original caption] Being separated from her husband Nala, the fair Damayanti enters her fathers place, yet feeling deeply for her husband, she is represented as sitting in a moon light, her

Radha-Vilas

Radha-Vilas

[Original caption] A love scene between Radha and her consort Lord Krishna. [end]

Lord Krishna spent his earlier life in Vrindavan where the Gopis or cow-herd girls offered him company. Radha was considered the chief gopi.

Fisher Woman

Fisher Woman

An early postcard and theme of Bombay artists, the fisher woman, with a basket of fish on her head. A fishing vessel is in the background, its mast at an angle which adds energy to her pose.

Nautch Party

Nautch Party

An apparently hand-stenciled color card likely made from a photograph at the Ravi Varma Press facilities in Karla, outside Mumbai. Note how carefully everyone, especially the two dancers, are holding their pose in this vibrant frozen moment.

Bear-Leader (Darweshi)

Bear-Leader (Darweshi)

A very early lithographed card by Paul Gerhardt, who ran the lithographic printers at the Ravi Varma Press.

Sent to Miss Ettoi Virmillion, 52 West & South, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, via San Francisco: [Recto] "Bombay 22 March 1905. Very bare. Will"

Mohini

Mohini

[Original caption] The Goddess of beauty sitting on a swing [end]

This image by Ravi Varma was one of his most successful in calendar art. Shown here she is perfect and ordinary, ideal yet accessible.

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