Vadodara: legendary Raja Ravi Varma’s dilapidated studio gets a makeover | Vadodara news


VADODARA: Walking around the sacred room where legendary painter Raja Ravi Varma once splashed the canvas with vivid colors and created some of his best masterpieces would soon be a reality.
The spacious studio nestled amidst the green surroundings of the Laxmi Vilas Palace grounds where Varma painted has been completely renovated by the Gaekwad royal family. And they want to make it a tourist spot.
“It’s a legacy because Varma, one of the greatest artists, painted his paintings in this workshop. Many tourists visit the Fatensingrao Museum near Motibaug Ground and this studio is located a few hundred meters away.
“We also want to make it a tourist spot,” said royal descendant Samarjitsinh Gaekwad. He added that in the future they would also consider holding art exhibitions in this studio.
The studio had been in a dilapidated condition for many years and its roof had almost collapsed. It was in 2014 that Gaekwad decided to embark on the renovation of the structure.
“The work was meticulous because we wanted to keep the original design. Some materials from the previous structure were also used during the renovation and the studio did very well, ”Gaekwad told TOI.
The single storey studio has exposed brickwork and the roof is covered with earth tiles while the beams inside that hold the roof are all wood.
The studio design allows for plenty of natural light and even the designs for the power switches are vintage.
The renovation was co-financed by the Indira Gandhi National Art Center (IGNCA) which has its office at the Maharaja Fatehsinghrao Museum.
“For a period of three years, IGNCA will have its headquarters in this studio. But we are also in talks with them for our projects, ”added Gaekwad.
The renovation of this studio began in February last year but the project was delayed due to the Covid pandemic.


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