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Raja Ravi Varma Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 20 Sep 2018

Biographical History

Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906) was a celebrated Indian painter and artist. He is particularly noted for his works featuring Hindu goddesses and scenes from the Mahabharata. These prints come from the collection of Om Prakash, a retired engineer with the Indian Central Government and avid collector.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Raja Ravi Varma Collection consists of prints and material relating to several exhibits of Prakash's collection, including a permanent exhibit at Baroda Heritage Art Gallery in Baroda City. The collection also has several DVDs with content related to Varma, including a 2007 prize-winning documentary.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by type.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Indian Religious Posters Collection and the Daniel Smith Poster Archive.

Subject Headings


Ravi Varma, 1848-1906.

Corporate Bodies

Baroda Heritage Art Gallery and Museum.

Associated Titles

When the brush dropped.


Hindu gods -- Posters.
Hindu gods in art.
Hindu symbolism -- Specimens.
Popular culture -- India.
Popular culture -- Religious aspects -- India.

Genres and Forms

Exhibit scripts.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Raja Ravi Varma Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Shipping information bears the name of Om Prakash and of Baroda Art Gallery.

Table of Contents

Audiovisual material

Exhibit material