Ganesh Shivaswamy’s interest in Raja Ravi Varma commenced when he was just 13 years of age. The first chromolithograph acquired by him was that of Saraswati from the Ravi Varma Press. Today, he is considered one of the largest collectors of the chromolithographs from the Ravi Varma Press. His collection also extends to the contemporaries of Raja Ravi Varma and the latter-day artists.
As early as in the year 2006, he authored the first online catalogue of the chromolithographs from the Ravi Varma Press. This webpage brought him in association with many academicians across the world. The collection of Ganesh Shivaswamy has been studied and used for many academic dissertations and books. His collection also went on display at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru for an exhibition titled ‘Royal Lithography and Legacy’ in the year 2016.
In the year 2019, Ganesh Shivaswamy commemorated 125 years of the Ravi Varma Print Legacy- the first chromolithograph from the Ravi Varma was issued on July 12, 1894. This lecture was conducted in six cities. As a part of the commemoration, the Ganesh Foundation Foundation launched its’ first Google Arts and Culture exhibit which was inaugurated on September 21, 2019 by Her Highness Shubhangini Raje, Rajamata Ji of Baroda.
The lecture commemorating 125 years of the print legacy was delivered at six cities across India.