Discuss the contribution of the painting styles of Raja Ravi Verma Amrita Shergill to modern Indian painting.
Raja Ravi Verma came to widespread acclaim after he won an award for an exhibition of his paintings at Vienna in 1873. He travelled throughout India in search of subjects. He often modeled Hindu Goddesses on South Indian women, whom he considered beautiful. Ravi Varma is particularly noted for his paintings depicting episodes from the story of Dushyanta and Shakuntala, and Nala and Dam ayanti, from the Mahabharata. Ravi Varma’s representation of mythological characters has become a part of the Indian imagination of the epics. He is often criticized for being too showy and sentimental in his style.
However his work remains very popular in India. Raja Ravi Varma was an Indian painter who achieved recognition for his depiction of scenes from the epics of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. His paintings are considered to be among the best examples of the fusion of Indian traditions with the techniques of European academic art. He is generally considered as one among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art. He is generally considred as one among the greatest painters in the history of Indian art.
Amrita Sher-Gil was born on January 30, 1913, in Budapest, Hungary, where she spent most of early childhood. In 1921 her family moved to Summer Hill, Shimla in India, and soon began learning piano and violin, and by age in nine she along with her younger sister Indira were giving, concerts and acting in plays at Shimla’s Gaiety Theatre at Mall Road, Shimla.
Though she was already painting since the age of five. Amrita Sher-Gil was an eminent Indian painter, sometimes known as India’s Frida Kahlo, and today considered an important women painter of 21st century India, whose legacy stands at par with that of the Masters of Bengal Renaissance  she is also the ‘most expensive’ woman painter of India.
Today, she is amongst Nine Masters, whose work was declared as art treasures by The Archaeological Survey of India, in 1976 and 1979 subsequently she was greatly impressed and influenced by the Mughal and Pahari schools of painting and cave paintings at Ajanta Caves. Her important paintings are youngs girls, mother India, Tribal women.