Raman’s art has warranted him high regard and opinion. He has received twenty-nine awards, three of them international. His works are widely collected.
Raman is interested in the purity of line and the ornate patterns of motifs and symbols that can be used to delineate form and tone. He often chooses to depict figures and events in Hindu mythology, though he has journeyed into Christian imagery, tackling subjects such as Christ with Mary Magdalene and the Prodigal Son. Raman is also known for his portraits of contemporary India, especially in a rural setting.
Black acrylic paint is used as an undercoat, leaving a grey uneven border around the edge. It is on this black background that Raman, with his unerring hand and impressive sense of design, creates his dense composition in white paint. Bright colour, although used sparingly, helps him give the final painting a vision that sets his work apart.