Statues in my city Thiruvananthapuram

Statues in my city Thiruvananthapuram

Statues are built to commemorate a historical event, or the life of an influential person. Many statues are intended as public art, exhibited outdoors or in public buildings for the edification of passers-by, with a larger magnitude than normal words could ever have for the common man.
Thiruvananthapuram city possess many statues of freedom fighters, political leaders, rulers of Travancore.  This is attempt to introduce some of the popular Statues.

Statue of Sri Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991), the elder son of Indira Nehru and Feroze Gandhi, was the 7th Prime Minister of India from his mother's death on 31 October 1984. He became the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office (at the age of 40).

Statue of  Sri B.R Ambedkar
Ambedkar is the only person having two statues in Trivandrum. The other one is located inside the Legislative assembly complex Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 — 6 December 1956), also known as Baba saheb, was an Indian jurist, political leader, Buddhist activist, philosopher, thinker, anthropologist, historian, orator, prolific writer, economist, scholar, editor, revolutionary and the revivalist of Buddhism in India.  He was also the chief architect of the Indian Constitution.

Statue of Raja Sir T. Madhava Rao
This is one of the most popular Statues in Trivandrum located at the Statue Junction just in front of the Secretariat.  Raja Sir Tanjore Madhava Rao, KCSI ( 1828 to April 4, 1891), also known as Sir Madhava Rao Thanjavurkar, Indian Statesman, born at Cambaconum in Madras Presidency, son of a Dewan of Travancore. Sir Madhava Rao administered Travancore with so much skill as justly to entitle him to be considered the Turgot of India.  He found Travancore when he went there in 1858 in the lowest state of degradation. He has left it a Model State.

Statue of Kerala Panini A R Rajavarma
This statue of the great Kerala panini is located inside the University College compound.A R. Rajaraja Varma (1863–1918) was an Indian poet, grammatician and Professor of Oriental Languages at Maharaja's College(present University College), Trivandrum. He wrote widely in Sanskrit and Malayalam.

Statue of Sri Pattam Thanupillai
This Statue of Pattom A. Thanu Pillai (1885-1970) is located infront of the VJT hall was a participant in the Indian independence movement who later served as the Chief Minister of Kerala from February 22, 1960 to September 25, 1962.

Statue of Maha Kavi Kumaran Asan
This Statue is Located Infront of the Kerala University. This is one of the well maintained statues in Trivandrum. This Square is commonly known as Asan Square.
Kumaran Asan initiated a revolution in Malayalam poetry in the first quarter of the 20th century, transforming it from the metaphysical to the lyrical. He is one among the Modern triumvirate poets of Kerala.  This Statue was unveiled by Shri V.V. Giri then president of India on 12th of April 1973

Statue of Sri Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma
This Statue of His Highness Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma (1912-1991) is Situated inside the Kerala University Compound. This Statue is an iconic symbol of Kerala University. Sree Chithira Thirunal was the Maha raja of Travancore and chancellor of Travancore University (Now Kerala University) from 1937 to 1956. This Statue was unveiled by Dr. C. Rangarajan Governor of Andhra Pradesh on 13th November 2001

Statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Subhas Chandra Bose born January 23, 1897; presumed to have died August 18, 1945 popularly known as Netaji was a leader in the Indian independence movement.

Statue of Sri T.M. Varghese
This Statue is located at the extreme North end of MG road at Kesavadasapuram.. Shri T. M. Varghese (1886–1961) was a former minister and politician from Kerala and a well known Freedom fighter and the leader of Travancore State Congress. This Statue was unveiled by Shri R. Venkattaraman then President of India.

Statue of  Mahakavi Ulloor
This statue of Maha Kavi Ulloor S Parameswara Aiyer (1877-1949) is located inside the State Central library Compound, was a famous Malayalam poet and a noted historian. Ulloor was one of the famous triumvirate poets of Kerala in the first half of the 20th century.

Statue of Swadesabhimani Ramakrishna Pillai
This is the latest addition to the Statues in Trivandrum. This one is located at Palayam just opposite to the Palayam Rakthasakshi mandapam.  Swadeshabhimani K. Ramakrishna Pillai (1878 - 1916) was a writer, journalist, Newspaper editor, and political activist in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore (Kerala, India). He was the editor of the newspaper Swadeshabhimani (The Patriot) and hence known by the name. The criticisms against the Diwan of Travancore, P. Rajagopalachari, the Government and the Maharajah of Travancore that appeared in his newspaper irritated the authorities and eventually resulted in the confiscation of the newspaper and press and he was arrested and exiled from Travancore in 1910.

Memorial of  Sri KCS Mani
I am not sure whether we can call it a statue. This can be considered as the memorial of an important incident in the History of Kerala.  An assassination attempt was made on C. P. Ramaswamy Aiyer who stood against joining the Indian Union by KCS mani on the July 25, 1947 during a concert commemorating the anniversary of Swati Thirunal. C. P. survived with multiple stab wounds and hastened the accession of Travancore state to the Indian Union soon after his recovery.

Statue of Sri G Devarajan
This Statue is located at the Southern end of the Manaveeyam road. Paravoor Govindan Devarajan  popularly known as G. Devarajan or Devarajan master, was a noted Malayalam music composer. He has scored music for more than three hundred Malayalam films, many dramas, twenty Tamil and four Kannada movies. Many of his compositions remain ever green classics in Malayalam. Besides, his music in the Tamil film 'Annai Velankanni' has received many accolades. Devarajan received Kerala Government's Best Music Director award for five times, among other honours.

Statue of Sri Ayyankali
This Statue is Located at Vellayambalam. This is another well maintained statue surrounded by a beautiful garden. Ayyankali (1863–1941) was a leader of the Indian lower caste Dalits known as the Untouchables. He pioneered many reforms to improve the lives of the Dalits. In 1937 he was praised by Mahatma Gandhi when he visited Venganoor, Ayyankali's home town. In November 1980, Indira Gandhi unveiled sculptor Ezra David's this commorative statue of Ayyankali

Statue of Smt. Akkamma Cherian
Akkamma Cherian was an Indian freedom fighter from the erstwhile Travancore. She was popularly known as the Jhansi Rani of Travancore. Akkamma Cherian, known as ‘The Jhansi Rani of Travancore’, was a famous Malayali freedom fighter of India. She was born on February 14, 1909 as the second daughter of Karippaparambil Thomman Cherian and Annamma at Kanjirappally in Kottayam, then a part of princely state of Travancore.

Statue of Sri Vayalar
Vayalar Rama Varma (March 28, 1928 - October 27, 1975), often known as Vayalar, was a modern Malayalam poet and lyricist. His famous works include Sargasangeetham, Mulankaadu, Padamudrakal, Aayisha, Oru Judas janikkunnu. Vayalar wrote about 2000 songs for 223 Malayalam movies and for several plays. Decades past his death, the movie songs he wrote are still popular among Malayalis.

Statue of Sri C Kesavan
C. Kesavan (May 23, 1891 – July 7, 1969) was the Chief Minister of Travancore-Cochin during 1951-1952. C. Kesavan was born into an Ezhava family in Mayyanad near Kollam.
He was influenced by the teachings of Sree Narayana Guru, Gandhiji and Karl Marx. He worked for temperance and eradication of untouchability and served as General Secretary of SNDP Yogam

The Mermaid at Shankumukham by Kanai Kunjiraman.