Description about recent achievements
2013 - Prestigious Aryabhatta International Award.
2011 – Prestigious Decorate by the Bangalore University.
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 Award”
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 Devenahalli.