Sree Chitra Art Gallery

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Sree Chitra Art Gallery an art gallery in Thiruvananthapuram established in 1935 and it is located towards the northern side of the Napier Museum.

It was inaugurated by Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma. The gallery features a exclusive compilation of traditional and contemporary paintings, including the works of Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich, Svetoslav Roerich, Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, V. S. Valiathan, C. Raja Raja Varma, and K. C. S. Paniker. There are approximately 1100 paintings at the gallery.

The art gallery has exhibited works from the Mughal, Rajput, Bengal, Rajastani, and Tanjore schools of art. It also has an oriental collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Balinese paintings, Tibetan Thangka, and unique collections of Indian mural paintings from pre-historic times.

Other stuffs of interest include miniatures from different parts of the world, replica of murals of Ajanta, Bagh, Sigiriya, and Sittannavasal, and manuscripts of archival importance. The gallery houses 400 years old Tanjore miniature paintings.

The gallery has 15 original works by the Roerichs and 43 original works by Raja Ravi Varma. Ravi Varma’s rare pencil sketches are also displayed at the gallery.

The Kerala government undertook the restoration of Ravi Varma paintings in 2005. Ravi Varma’s masterpiece paintings Shakuntala and Damayanti Talking to a Swan are displayed at the gallery.

In 2010, the gallery was closed for renovation as fire broke out due to a short circuit. In 2013, some paintings of C. Raja Raja Varma were reported damaged due to moisture.

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