The Sri Chitralayam, popularly known as Sri Chitra Art Gallery, was opened to the public by the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore Sri ChitraThirunal on the 25th of September 1935 for the enjoyment, education and development of artistic taste of the people. It has a collection of paintings representing the various genres of paintings in India, along with a few from other parts of Asia with a distinct stamp of Indian culture.Located in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram, the art Gallery holds a huge collection of amazing works by various eminent artists like Raja Ravi Varma, Nicholas Roerich, Jamini Roy and Rabindranath Tagore. It displays art forms from Bengal, Rajasthani, Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art. Apart from these, it also has a collection of International works, miniatures and manuscripts from various parts of the world.
Also an oriental collection consisting of paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali offers a visual treat and are a tribute to the art and culture of these countries. The collection also includes unique copies of Indian mural paintings from pre-historic times down to the 18th Century.Though the major attraction of Sri Chitra Art Gallery still being the paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, one among the greatest painters of India.
Other items of interest here include miniatures from different parts of the world, reproductions of murals of Ajanta, Bagh, Sigiriya, and Sittannavasal, and manuscripts of archival importance.The gallery houses 400-year-old Tanjore miniature paintings.
The Gallery was reconstructed out of two bungalows side by side in the museum Gardens. A large collection of paintings is a generous gift from the Royal House of Travancore and also from Kilimanoor Royal family.
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