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Revered as an iconic cultural institution in southern India the Museum of Kerala History is no ordinary tourist hub in Edapally. Conveniently located close to Kalamassery the first sight that greets visitors entering the Museum of Kerala History is the larger than life sculpture of Sage Parasurama, the iconic founder of Kerala who is believed to have reclaimed the great state’s landmass from the oceans. Exploring Kerala’s illustrious cultural history from the Neolithic era to contemporary times a visit to the museum offers travellers a comprehensive look at Kerala’s evolution and the key figures that shaped its past and future.
Featuring photographs, paintings and sculptures the venue’s most intriguing points of interest include its popular Light and Sound Show. Taking place daily the hour long show illuminates more than 90 sculpture figurines that represent the key players in Kerala’s historic legacy. Music and a passionate narration also compliment the audio visual spectacle that delves in to 2000 years of Kerala’s history.
Mural paintings including those showcasing scenes from Kalidasa’s Shakunthalam play are also found here alongside innumerable relics belonging to the royal families of yore as well as ordinary Kerala citizens of various eras. Paintings by local icons such as M F Hussain, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Jamini Roy, Raja Ravi Varma and Mammiyoor Krishnan Kutty Nair adorn the Gallery of Arts and Sculptures while the venue’s Centre for Visual Arts displays reproductions of Van Gogh and Da Vinci masterpieces.
More than 50 statues created by Sarbari Chaudhary and D. P Roy Chaudhary are also found scattered across the museum which also houses a Gallery of Miniatures. Representing various artistic schools such as Deccan, Rajastani and Mughal the miniature works on show display the talent of local painters and the development of Indian miniature painting as an art form.
Established in the year 2000 the Doll Museum within the complex is another highlight attraction as it showcases over 100 dolls made in India as well as others from foreign countries. The Indian collections is of particular interest as the traditional attire of Kashmiris, Nagas and other local communities is explored in engaging exhibits featuring handmade dolls.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.