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Regent of Travancore Royal Family Rani Laxmi Bai had given an island to Col. Munroe in order to do productive activities that would fund the educational facilities in the CMS College. The untimely demise of the Rani Laxmi Bai had made Rani Parvathi Bai as the Regent. By the year 1814 Col. Munroe had resigned from the Diwanship of Travancore, however he remained as an advisor to the Regent Rani Parvathi Bai. She used to extend supports to the missionaries for building chapels and educational institutions. Rani Parvathi Bai used to give huge financial support to the CMS College. She also gave two boats for the missionaries to travel from place to place.

These benevolent acts of Rani Parvathi Bai become the focal point for Sivaraman, who has executed the relief sculpture in a stylistic manner that reminds of the traditional Kerala murals. With wavy lines and stylized profile features the characters get a mythical value in his works. The central portion of the relief sculpture shows the Rani handing over of financial support to Col. Munroe. The environmental richness of the areas that the royal house had given to the missionaries is detailed in the surrounding images that embellish the relief work visually.

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

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