Battlefield Painting Unveiled
A new painting, portraying battlefield action at Kohima in 1944, was unveiled by His Excellency the Governor of Nagaland on 7 November 2006. The work, by Colonel Arul Raj, a well-known name in the art world of New Delhi, was commissioned by the Governor, Mr Shyamal Datta, and will hang in the Governor's residence which is situated close to Garrison Hill, above the war cemetery.
The Battle of Kohima painting by Arul Raj
The Governor said: “With a great sense of pride and respect, the Raj Bhavan [Government House] will preserve this treasure, paying its most respectful homage to those brave soldiers including the Assam Regiment and Assam Rifles, who laid down their today for our tomorrow.”
He thanked the Kohima Educational Trust for providing the archival photographs on which the painting is based. On this occasion the Governor also accepted an invitation by the Kohima Educational Society (Nagaland counterpart of the UK Trust) whose officers were present at the unveiling, to be the Society's first Patron.
The trustees are producing a Kohima Battlefield Guide which will be readily available in Kohima to visitors and residents. The guide will include the story of the battle, a Naga perspective of the battle and, most importantly, a map showing the key battlefield locations and Regimental memorials.
It is hoped that it will also include the best route round the more accessible battlefield sites. The draft guide is currently in Kohima having exact locations confirmed and the route round them plotted. It is hoped that it will be completed in 2007.