Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Secretary K Jayakumar today said Raja Ravi had Varma achieved immortality through his art by opting not to imitate his predecessors.
Inaugurating the 164th birth anniversary celebration of painter Raja Ravi Varma at Santhigiri Ashram,he said his paintings gave shape to Indian mythological characters in popular imagination, he said.
'Painting as an art has had few takers in Kerala. This scenario has to change. To be able to identify with the turmoils of fellow human beings is the crux of both art and spirituality,' he added.
The meeting was organised to comemorate Kerala's most popular painter as a part of Samskarikothsavam, the cultural festival of Santhigiri Fest 2012 going on here.
The paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, who was born on April 29, 1948, are famous for their depiction of mythological figures, modelled on South Indian women.
Reproductions of his paintings adorning visiting rooms, hotels and public places across the country speak volumes for the immense popularity enjoyed by him.