|he Pazhassi Raja Museum, Kozhikode, Kerala. tourmyindia.com|
For the lovers of art and historians, it is a heaven for them because on display in the Pazhassi Raja Museum & Art Gallery close to the museum are popular and well-acclaimed oil paintings of Kerala's greatest artist Raja Ravi Varma (1848 - 1906).
|Raja ravi varma, a great painter, kerala, en. wikipedia.org|
|Raja Ravi varma's oil painting.Damayanthi.pinrest.com|
|Raja Ravi varma's painting. Goddess Saraswathi. amazon.in/64-Arts-|
|Ruler and freedom fighter. Pazhassi Raja, Keralatwitter.com|
Ravi Varma Raja (1745–1793) happened to be a Samantan Kshatriya warrior prince of the Royal House of Zamorins from Calicut of Kerala. His war exploits for two decades against the rulers of Mysore under Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan between 1766–1768 and 1774–1791 who killed countless Hindus and indulged in mass conversion to Islam in Malabar, were an important part of Kerala's history. He successfully blocked all efforts by Hyder and Tipu to subjugate his kingdom and had the rare distinction of being the first Malabar prince to rise up in 1788 against the forced conversions and deportation of Nairs to Seringapatam conducted by Tipu.
The great Pazhassi Raja diligently tackled the then foreign invader the dishonest East India company in 1793 who had already become a big political entity In India to reckon with at that point of time. The Thirurahgadi battle was a famous one. In 1790, under Colonel Hartley a British army of 2,000 men camped in South Malabar to fight against Mysore army of 9,000 Sepoys and 4,000 Moplays. Ravi Varma sent the additional reinforcement of 5,000 Nairs warriors to aid the English company and his timely interference helped the British win the Third Anglo-Mysore War. After 1792, longstanding military alliance with the British came to an end because the British never restored Calicut and other places to Ravi Varma as a precondition for his help to the British in their battle against Tipu. Quite irritated over this breach of trust, Pazhassi Raja revolted against the English company,
It is quite befitting the museum and art galley is named after Pazhassi Raja, a great freedom fighter who had spent much of his time relentlessly fighting against two Mysore Muslim rulers and later the invader from Europe. This interesting museum is in East Hill, a serene, picturesque place about 5 km from the Kozhikode town.