Sculptures, reliefs, murals… Kerala’s oldest college gets a makeover with ‘Hues of Time’ – The New Indian Express
Express press service
KOTTAYAM: The colorful relief carvings are a delightful sight on the walls that line the road leading to the main gate of CMS College here. Once on campus, the fun turns to excitement as you view a beautifully curated sculpture garden spanning several acres. One of the oldest colleges in India, CMS is getting a makeover in step with the times.
After celebrating its bicentenary a few years ago, the college wishes to enrich the campus with its “Hues of Time” project. “According to the new national education policy, higher education centers should diversify their activities rather than confine themselves to the concept of offering courses in the arts and sciences. The Hues of Time project aims to promote the enjoyment and study of art in its original form,” said university principal Varghese Joshua.
Implemented in four phases, “Hues of Time” is nearing completion. The college had previously held a camp to create 200 paintings for its art gallery. In the second phase, murals were also painted in various places on campus. The third phase saw the college begin work on the sculpture garden. Six sculptures have been completed, work on the seventh is progressing.
“Famous sculptor KS Radhakrishnan creates the seventh sculpture. The design of the garden will be done in accordance with his suggestions,” said Joshua. The fourth phase of the project concerns the reliefs of the walls bordering the passage leading to the main door. “The relief carvings represent significant events and milestones in the college’s history,” the principal said.
The college’s 200-year history has already been shaped into 60 frames by no less than 30 artists, led by TR Udayakumar. Historical moments that find place among the relief carvings include the entry of women into college education and the visit of King Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma to CMS Press. Work to establish a museum with the help of a state government grant of Rs 2 crore will also soon begin on campus. The 8,600 square foot museum will showcase the college’s historical, literary and cultural heritage.