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Sree Chitra Art Gallery

The Sri Chithra Art Gallery was opened to the public by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore Sri Chithira Thirunal on the 25th of September 1935. The Gallery owes it's origin to Dr.J.H.Cousins, the Art Advisor to Government of Travancore. It has a rich collection representing the various genre of paintings in India along with a few from other parts of Asia. 
The arrangements of paintings in the gallery was done under the direction of Dr. J.H Cousins. A large collection of paintings is a generous gift from the Royal House of Travancore and also the Kilimanoor Royal Family. 


Ravi Varma Paintings

Bengal Paintings:


The major attraction of Sri Chitra Art Gallery is the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. He belonged to the royal family of Kilimanoor and rose to international fame when he won an award at the exhibition of paintings in Vienna in 1873.

Hamsa Damayanthi, Sakunthala, Gypsies of South India, Mohini Rugmangada, Milk Maid are amoung his renowned paintings.Paintings of other members of the Kilimanoor royal family: Consisting of Raja Ravi Varma, C.Raja Raja Varma, Mangala Bai Thampurati and Rama Varma Raja.

The Bengal School of Art commonly referred as Bengal School, was an influential art movement and a style of Indian painting that originated in Bengal, primarily Kolkata and Shantiniketan, and flourished throughout India during the British Raj in the early 20th century. This gallery is resourced with the works of Abanindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, A.P Dube, Nandalal Bose, D.P. Roy Chaudari, Kanu Desai and Minishi dey.

Nicholas Roerich and Svetoslav Roerich:

Mugal Paintings

The Paintings of the Russian artists Nicholas Roerich and his son Svetoslav Roerich based on the breath taking landscapes of the Himalayas particularly the Kulu and Manali regions displayed in this gallery. 

A particular style of Indian paintings generally confined to miniatures either as book illustrations or as single works to be kept in albums. This was emerged from the Persian miniature style and developed during the Mughal period with Indian influences.

Rajastani Paintings

Art of Bali

Actually the miniature paintings were developed in Rajasthan. It differs from the Mughal paintings by its bolder use of colour, stylized depiction of the human figure and an ornamental treatment of landscape.

An art form of Hindu Javanese origin, that grew from the works of artisans of the Majapahit Kingdom, with their expansion to Bali in the late 13th century. There two dimensional drawings are traditionally drawn on cloth or bark paper with natural dyes.

Tanjore Paintings

Tibetan Thankas

A classical paintings style native to Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu and are known for their surface richness, vivid colours and compact composition. Most of these paintings are Hindu gods and goddesses and saints. Semiprecious stone, laces or threads are used to decorate the jewellery.  Gold foils are also pasted on top.

Tibetan Thankas are Tibetan Buddhist paintings on cotton, or silk appliqué, usually depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala. Thankas are traditionally kept unframed and rolled up when not on display, mounted on a textile backing somewhat in the style of Chinese scroll paintings.