Battlefield Painting Unveiled
A painting, portraying battlefield action at Kohima in 1944, was unveiled by His Excellency the Governor of Nagaland on 7 November 2006. This is a copy of the original that hangs in the Kohima Museum in York, UK. This version – painted by Colonel Arul Raj, a well-known name in the art world of New Delhi – was commissioned by the Governor, Mr Shyamal Datta.
This copy painting was made possible by the Trust providing a working photographs of the original. The canvas will hang in the Governor's residence which is situated close to Garrison Hill, above the war cemetery.
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 have published the Kohima Battlefield Guide which can be downloaded from the PDF Gallery and is readily available in Kohima to visitors and residents. The guide includes the story of the battle, a Naga perspective of the battle and, most importantly, a map showing the key battlefield locations and Regimental memorials.
The guide also includes the best route around the more accessible battlefield sites.