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Sri Padmanabha Dasa Bala Rama Varma, Maharaja of Travancore

(1912-1991), Ruler of the Indian state of Travancore

Sitter in 6 portraits
Succeeded his father as Maharaja of Travancore in 1924 at the age of 12 (Regency until aged 18). His rule saw this Southern state become one of the richest and most liberal in India in the period before Independence from Britain in 1947. A devout Hindu of literary and artistic tastes he made important reforms allowing low-caste Hindus to make use of temples previously frequented only by Brahmins and others of high caste. Though stripped of his powers at Independence he succeeded as President of the merged Province of Travancore-Cochin in 1949. Founder of of Travancore University and sometime Chancellor and a Hon Major-General in the British Army.

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Indian Royal Family group, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x96779

Indian Royal Family group

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 15 June 1933
NPG x96779

Sir James Outram, 1st Bt; Rajah of Travancore, published by James Sprent Virtue, after  Unknown artist - NPG D5433

Sir James Outram, 1st Bt; Rajah of Travancore

published by James Sprent Virtue, after Unknown artist
coloured line engraving, circa 1855-1880
NPG D5433

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Sri Padmanabha Dasa Bala Rama Varma, Maharaja of Travancore

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 23 June 1933
NPG x152445


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