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As a child, Raghupathi Bhat became enchanted by the mute, stone images of a neighbouring Keshava temple. While sketching gods and goddesses, he received instruction from a local temple artist on the ancient technique of procuring natural colours using minerals, plants and other naturally occurring pigments.

After formal training from Chitrakala Parishat, Raghupathi Bhat concentrated on traditional Mysore paintings, miniature paintings and extracurricular research into natural colours and ancient tattoo design as well as the then forgotten Ganjifa playing cards.

After some years perfection of natural colors and miniature painting garnered him the coveted national award, presented to him personally by the President of India, soon after which numerous awards and accolades followed. Despite this, Raghupathi Bhat quietly resides at the foot of Chamundi Hlll in Mysore.

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