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Art on the ramp

Raja Ravi Varma's models will sashay down the catwalk in our city



Ravi Varma's paintings rivalled the nascent art of photography.

ART HISTORIANS have talked about how Raja Ravi Varma chose typical Oriental themes and depicted them using Western techniques. This was a fusion that fascinated people in its time and Ravi Varma's works came to define the "quintessential Oriental" as the Western eye saw and understood it. Writes one critic: "He virtually combined Victorian realism with Indian subjects with such flourish that his paintings rivalled the ever-growing popularity of photography... Raja Ravi Varma not only made excellent paintings but was farsighted enough to have them printed in thousands at his own lithography press."

Over a hundred years later, here is another fusion attempt using Ravi Varma paintings. The Ravi Varma Pageant is an audio-visual presentation choreographed to "bring alive" his works, thus bringing them closer to the present generation. Conceived and composed by Carnatic musician and art collector Charumathi Ramachandran, the show will display Ravi Varma reproductions, followed by models dressed exactly like those in the paintings walking the ramp, to the accompaniment of music.

Charumathi has herself over 100-odd reproductions of Ravi Varma and has held several shows to popularise them whenever she can "take time off from music." "But it's a more thrilling experience when a painting comes alive," says Charumathi. "People in Chennai have loved it."

The Bangalore production of the show (this evening at Chowdiah Memorial Hall) will be more upmarket, in keeping with the image of our happening city. Unlike in the shows in Chennai which had only dancers and musicians participating in it, several people on the ramp in Bangalore will be professional models. They will wear designer chiffons and silks from Srikantadatta Wadiyar's The Royal House of Mysore collection. Srikantadatta Wadiyar will himself be the chief guest at function, which will be co-ordinated by Veena exponent Suma Sudhindra.

The Raja Ravi Varma Pageant is at Chowdiah Memorial Hall at 6.45 p.m. today. Tickets priced at Rs. 49 are available at the hall.

B.S.

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