Indian artist and author in Oman, Kavitha Ramakrishna has created a portrait of Oman’s beloved leader, Late HM Sultan Qaboos bin Said, using the ancient classical Indian art technique of Tanjore paintings.
The portrait, crafted using 24 carat gold, features the late Sultan wearing a grand massar and waving his hand. It has a magnificent and jewel-like tone as Ramakrishna has used real gold and silver foil, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and powdered metals to create her masterpiece. Always inspired by the life of the late Sultan, she wanted to create a mesmerising image that will keep alive loving memories of His Majesty.
“The memory of Late HM Sultan Qaboos will remain in the hearts of the people and residents of Oman forever. This artwork exemplifies late Sultan’s 50 years of visionary rule and symbolises his lifelong stand for peace. While sharing the sense of grief and great loss, I wanted to pay tribute to our far-sighted leader who has contributed immensely to Oman’s prosperity and development.
“I was lucky to have spent my time in this country under a wise world leader who led his people on the path of peace, prosperity and development. An erudite statesman, the Late Sultan was the architect of Oman’s Blessed Renaissance and, as an icon of peace, he touched the lives of people across the region and the world.”
She further said, “I am truly honoured to have got the opportunity to create the portrait using the incredible art form. Tanjore, a popular art style emerged during the 16th century in South India. It is a rich combination of art and craft. Known for their classiness, rich colours, gold embellishments and attention to detail, Tanjore paintings are a class apart. I also chose this splendid medium because the Late Sultan was a great patron of art.”
Kavitha has used her expertise in the ancient art form of Tanjore paintings to capture Oman’s rich heritage. Her Tanjore paintings depicting Oman’s national emblem, forts, mosques and jewellery decorate the walls of some of the prestigious institutions in the sultanate, thus giving wings to Kavitha’s dream of promoting India’s art to a wider audience.