Raja Ravi Varma was the first Indian artist to learn the Western technique of oil painting.

A documentary has been made on Raja Ravi Varma titled 'Before the brush dropped.' It is directed by Vinod Mankara and produced by AV Anoop.

Many family members of nattuvanars /dance gurus were musicians. Among Vazhuvoor Ramiah Pillai's ancestors were veena, nagaswaram and mridangam vidwans. Govindaraja Pillai of the Rajarajeswari school was a vocalist, mridangam and nagaswaram player.

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