Dr.B.K.S.Varma was born in the year 1949 at Karnur, Attibele Taluk, which is situated in the outskirts of Bengaluru, Karnataka. He began sketching as a hobby at the age of six. His mother Smt. Jayalakshmi was an artist herself, his father Sri. Krishnamacharya was a musician.
•1016 Kavya Chitra performances
•4 Ashta Chitravadhana performances.
•16 Kavya Chitra Geeta Nruthya performances
•6 Naada Kuncha (flute with painting) performances
• More than 750 Geetha-Kuncha programs.
He has a number of collections in India and abroad and a few highlights are as follows -
• Radhe Shyam Goenka (Emami Group, Calcutta)
• Jindal (Calcutta, Delhi and Bengaluru)
• Ganjam Jewellers (Bengaluru)
• Srichand Hinduja and Gopichand Hinduja (Hinduja Group, London)
• Rajanikanth (Chennai)
• Vivek Oberoi (Mumbai)
• Late Dr. Rajkumar (Bengaluru, Karnataka)
• Forest Department (Karnataka)
• Ramakrishna Hegde (former Chief Minister, Karnataka)
• B.S.Yediyurappa (former Chief Minister, Karnataka)
• 2011 – Prestigious Decorate by the Bangalore University
• Rajya Prashasti by the Karnataka Government
•State Lalit Kala Academy Award
• Rajiv Gandhi Award
• Jeevraj Alva Award
• Jayachamaranjendra Award
• Saarvabhauma Award
• Alva’s Chithrasiri award
• Rangashri award
• Kuncha Viranchi Award
• 2013 - Prestigious Aryabhatta International Award.
• 2011 – Prestigious Decorate by the Bangalore
• 2005 – A performance – “Geeta Kuncha” at
Singapore by the Kannada Sangha.
• 2001 – He was honoured by the Karnataka
Government with the prestigious award
“Karnataka Rajya Puruskar”
• 2000 – Was selected by the Karnataka Government
to be a part of the “Vishwa Kannada Sammelana”,
Huston. He put forth “Kavya Chitra”, over 30
performances at different cities in America.
• 1999 – He travelled to London and presented his art
works at the “Art ‘n’ Auction” - Eastern Arts. He also
exhibited his works at the “Nehru Centre”, London.
• 1997 – He was invited by the Kuwait, for the event
“Art Formula” at the Ambassador Bhavan wherein
he exhibited his art works. During the same time he
was also invited by the Bahrain King – Bin Kalifa, to
exhibit his art works at the Bahrain Arts Society for
the event “Bahrain Peace 2000”.
• 1990 – Collaborated with Dr. Shathaavadhaani.R.
Ganesh in a performance – “Kavya Chitra” (a duet
of poetry alongside painting) for 24 hours nonstop
creating an all time record.
• 1988 – Two of his paintings were selected for Indian
Festival at the Russia Utsav.
• 1987 – An art exhibition was organized at the time
of Mysore Dasara by the Lalitkala Pradarshana
and he was honored with “Athi Uttama Kala Kruthi
• 1986 – He held a show of works on a series of Environmental Paintings at the Karnataka Chitrakala Partishath which was inaugurated by Dr. Roerich and Devikarani. Around the same time he was honored with the “State Lalitkala Academy Award”
•1977-1979 – He worked as an art director for Kannada movies “Banngarada Jinke”, “Ninagagi Naanu”, “Rajeshwari”, “Chadurida Chitragalu” etc.
• 1967-73 – He served as an artist for a number of journals and newspapers.
• 1967 – Worked as an associate art director for the Bollywood movie “Aadmi”. During the same time he painted the rocks in Hanumanth Nagar, Bengaluru (inspired by his visit to Ajanta)
•1964 - 67 – Joined Kalamandir School of art. Travelled all over India twice and met a lot of eminent people which included Dr Radakrishna (ex.president of India), Deviprasad Roy Choudry, Jamini Roy, Nandal Bose, KK Hebbar, MF Hussien , Panikar, Rashtra Kavi Kuvempu, Shivarama Karanth and many others. During his travel across India he visited Ajanta, Ellora and many art museums and galleries to gain more knowledge and experience in the field.
• 1962 -68 – Varma was trained for painting and
sculpture by Guru Sri. A.N Subbarao at Kalamandir,
Bangalore and by Sri.A.C.H. Acharya a sculptor from