Samantha Akkineni, Shruti Haasan recreate Raja Ravi Varma’s iconic paintings
Some of the South Indian film industry’s most loved stars, including Samantha Akkineni, Ramya Krishnan, Lakshmi Manchu and Shruti Haasan, recreated portraits of women by legendary painter Raja Ravi Varma in this 2020 calendar. Scroll down for all the photos.
A new limited-edition calendar for 2020 by photographer G Venket Ram showcases some of the South Indian arts and film industry’s most loved actresses and dancers recreating portraits of women by legendary painter Raja Ravi Varma. Among the stars captured by Ram’s lens are Baahubali actress Ramya Krishnan, Kamal Haasan’s daughter, actress Shruti Haasan and Telugu and Tamil actress Samantha Akkineni. Tamil actress Aishwarya Rajesh, Malayalam actress Nadhiya, actress-politician Khushbu Sundar, actress-producer Lakshmi Manchu, Bharatnatyam dancers Shobana and Priyadarshini Govind, and Malayali actress Lissy Lakshmi have also been featured in the calendar.
Recently released on his official Instagram account, G Venket Ram's latest project brings together art and photography in a unique manner: each 19th-century painting gets a fresh update with a known face taking the place of Raja Ravi Varma’s original muse, and the similarities between each artwork and photograph are uncanny. Blending fresh faces with Varma’s beautiful backdrops, G Venket Ram’s calendar brings to life each painting down to the finest detail. Each woman transforms into Raja Ravi Varma's subjects, dressed in traditional sarees and jewellery, handpicked to match the paintings.
The complete collection of portraits, which launched at Chennai, is part of an initiative intended to benefit the NAAM Charitable Trust, an organisation founded by actress-director Suhasini Maniratnam, which aims to empower underprivileged women and their children. The artists featured in the calendar have also taken to Instagram to express their gratitude for being part of the project. "Always the best working with you recreating Ravi Varma's work for Naam. So glad I could be a part of this meaningful project," wrote Samantha Akkineni, while Haasan shared her pictures saying, "Such an incredible experience shooting for this and such an honour to be associated with this cause." Aishwarya Rajesh also shared her photo on Instagram and captioned it: "It was a fantastic experience working with G Venket Ram (@venketramg) and Suhasini (@suhasinihasan) for recreating Ravi Varma project for NAAM. So glad I could participate in such a meaningful project."
Scroll down to check out each recreation from G Venket Ram's 2020 calendar.
(All photos courtesy G Venket Ram's official Instagram account.)