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Indulekha Painting of Ravi Varma

Why is it in the news?

  • The first authentic replica of Raja Ravi Varma’s masterpiece “Indulekha” was revealed during his 176th birth anniversary celebration at Kilimanoor Palace.

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  • The painting portrays the character Indulekha, who is the protagonist of the first modern novel in Malayalam literature titled “Indulekha,” written by O. Chandu Menon and published in 1889.
  • Indulekha is depicted in the painting holding a letter, presumably addressing her lover Madhavan, who is the hero of the novel.
  • It is believed that Ravi Varma’s famous painting “Reclining Lady” might have been modelled on the character of Indulekha, showcasing the influence of literature on his artistic creations.

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