An exhibition of rare photographs from the collection of Chithira Tirunal Bala Rama Varma brought alive the quiet elegance and simple charm of erstwhile Travancore.
Chithira Tirunal and Amma Maharani
A COLLECTION of rare photographs by the late Chithira Tirunal, ruler of erstwhile Travancore, was on show at the Vailoppilli Samskrithi Bhavan here recently.
More than 120 photographs were exhibited.
These included portraits of the royal family.
A few colour photographs too had found their way into the exhibits.
The black and white photographs gave a glimpse of what Thiruvananthapuram looked like in the 1930s and 1940s.
There were snaps of the ninth century Vizhinjam temple, Vizhinjam cave, interiors of the Padmanabhaswamy temple and the old Vallakadavu boathouse featuring the three kinds of boats that were in use.
M. G. Sasibhooshan, secretary and director, Vailoppilli Samskrithi Bhavan, spoke about the picture of a tusker, "This is the photograph of Kottarakara Chandrashekaran, which belonged to the royal family. It lived during the reign of Ayilyam Tirunal RamaVarma, Vishakhom, Tirunal Rama Varma and Sreemoolam Tirunal Rama Varma."
Another photo depicts the Valiathura rail track that once extended from the Valiathura port to the State Warehouse at Vallakadavu, before the Food Corporation came into existence.
The track facilitated the transport of food grain.
"It was dismantled long ago," says Sasibhooshan.
The Vizhinjam cave, which belongs to the eighth century, is now a protected monument under the National Archaeological Survey of India, points out Sasibhooshan.
Photographs of the Kaudiar Palace, University College, temple festivals and sculptures of the Katinamkulam temple were also on show.
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