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His Highness Revathi Thirunal Balagopal Varma (b. 1953), son of Princess Uthram Thirunal Lalithamba Bayi (1923-2008) and Uthrittathi Nal Kerala Varma Koil Thampuran, is the titular Elayaraja of Travancore. Revathi Thirunal is the grandson of the last Regent Maharani of Travancore, H.H. Sree Padmanabhasevini Maharani Sree Pooradom Thirunal Sethu Lakshmi Bayi.[1] He is also the great great grandson of the legendary artist Raja Ravi Varma and brother of Rukmini Varma (Princess Bharani Thirunal). His cousin is the novelist and writer Shreekumar Varma (Prince Punartham Thirunal).

Revathi Thirunal Balagopal Varma
Titular Elayaraja of Travancore (monarchy abolished)
BornJuly 1953
Bangalore
HouseVenad Swaroopam
Kulasekhara
FatherUthrittathinnal Kerala Varma Koil Thampuran of Kilimanoor Palace
MotherPrincess Uthram Thirunal Lalithamba Bayi
ReligionHinduism

Revathi Thirunal is next in line to Moolam Thirunal Rama Varma the head of Thrippappur branch [2] The Royal Family of Travancore are custodians of the famous Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. He was educated at the Bishop Cotton Boys' School in Bangalore and at UC Berkeley where he completed his MBA in the 1970s before taking on family businesses.[3] He is married to Vidya Varma and has a daughter, Samyuktha, and a son, Vikramaditya.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Raghunandan, Lakshmi. "At the Turn of the Tide".Maharani Setu Lakshmi Bayi Memorial Charitable Trust, 1995.
  2. ^ Pillai, Manu."Marthanda Varma's death ends Kerala's last royal connect".Firstpost, 2013.
  3. ^ Travancore Royal Family's genealogy by Christopher Buyers