The earthy shades of crimson and sienna complemented by ochre, Prussian blue and sap green adorn the outer walls of the Pazhassi Raja Smriti Mandiram at Pazhassi near Mattannur. Narrating the story of the Pazhassi Raja (1753-1805), these are 22 Kerala-style murals spread over an area of 1,000 sq ft at the structure built as the ruler’s memorial by the municipality. Inaugurated in 2015, the building housed no relics or memorabilia connected to the warrior prince. So, former municipality chairman K Bhaskaran came up with this idea to portray his life through art.
“We only had a few letters about the king and that too in a 200-year-old language. We thought art would be good way to connect people to the history. Renowned artist K K Marar assisted us in shortlisting a few accomplished artists to carry out this task,” Bhaskaran says.
Finally, K R Babu and his team of seven mural artists were chosen to accomplish the task that was completed within 17 days. “The work might have taken only a little over two weeks but the preparation had started a couple of months before,” says the Kozhikode-based artist. And the mandiram was thrown open to public in July.....Read more
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