We all have grown up learning about Raja Ravi Verma, the man who gave Indian mythological figures a visual form. But there’s lot more to the enthralling life he lead as a painter and as a human being. He established the first printing press in the country because he wanted the prints of Hindu Gods and goddesses were accessible even to the lowest strata in the society.
The Bollywood drama Rang Rasiya (Meaning colours of passion) depicts the life of this 19th century southern king and painter- from how he started off with the painting of Goddess Saraswati as we know it today, giving her a form and style to reproduction of the painting prints by bringing the printing press to the country.
One may also observe snippets of Parsi fashion as displayed by the character ‘Frenny’ by Feryna Wazheir. The 19th style lace and schiffli blouses and the adorned hairstyles provide much insight.