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Internationally renowned theoretical physicist, Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan (ECG Sudarshan) studied at the CMS College in late 1940s. He introduced the Tachyons theory in which he said there were particles that travelled faster than light. Prof. Sudarshan kept in touch with his alma mater and whenever he came to Kerala insisted on visiting the campus. In 1984, many years before India gained computer literacy, Sudarshan contributed three computers to the college, helping the students to get familiar with computing skills.

Sebin Joseph’s relief sculpture symbolizes ECG Sudarshan’s contributions to the college in such images that evoke curiosity among the viewers. The wall surface is dominated by the representation of a scientific device that captures the tachyons that travel faster than light. The representation is symbolic and brings in the ‘strangeness’ of the scientific experiments, which often go above the heads of the average people. In this mural, the common public get to ‘feel’ that device in its three-dimensional volume. The desktop computer, that obviously is one of those early versions, has a halo around it, qualifying the times of its arrival when it had a divine status. The aura of the computer is however not attributed to the scientist, ECG Sudarshan, in a way making him more human, affable and belonging to the institution.

Published On: January 27th, 2024Categories: Relief Sculpture

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