Ravishankar Raval

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Kalaguru Ravishankar Raval (August 1, 1892–1977) was a painter, art teacher, art critic, journalist and essayist from Gujarat, India,

He worked for the magazine Vismi Sadi until it closed in 1921, and then founded the cultural magazine Kumar.

In 1970, he was named a fellow of the Indian Art Academy.


Ravishankar Raval is greatest Indian artist known in the North-West part of India. Kalaguru Ravishankar Raval-a painter, art teacher, art critic, journalist and essayist from Gujarat, India (1892–1977)

For centuries, the State Gujarat in India has remained a center of Indian business and commerce. Its people have been proven traders globally. During the early part of the 20th century Gujarati community was taunted as money hungry and devoid of culture. Only painter the average Gujarati knew was a signboard painter.In that situation, Ravishankar Raval made a remarkable effort of establishing the status of art in Gujarat. Besides he himself being a well-known artist, he produced a completely new cadre of accomplished young artists. Well-known Gujarati author Kakasaheb Kalelkar titled him Kalaguru (in Sanskrit, meaning a grand master of art). Even today, a large number of his students are teaching art in the schools of Gujarat.Dr.A.Koomarswamy, H.B.Havel and Rabindranath Tagore took great pains to make Indian artists and art lovers understand and inspire from Indian art and not to cling to the British academic style of the British Raj. In Gujarat, Kalaguru Raval made...
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