2022 | Professional

MUSE Design Awards Gold Winner

Mount Manipur

Entrant Company

Huidrom Design Studio

Category

Architectural Design - Memorials

Client's Name

Country / Region

India

Mount Harriet, the third-highest island peak in Andaman and Nicobar islands, where Manipur’s Maharaja Kulachandra Dhaja Singh and 22 other freedom fighters were imprisoned during the Anglo-Manipuri war (1891).



The Indian independence movement was a series of historic events with the ultimate aim of ending British rule in India. It lasted from 1857 to 1947. Manipur located in the easternmost corner of India has its own share of the independence movements against the British.



1891 shows the greatest battle and bravest of soldiers and men in this easternmost part of India. On 31st March 1891, British India declared war on Manipur. Expeditionary forces were sent from three sites, Kohima column, Silchar Column and Tamu column. Many pitch battles were fought in the hills and valley of Manipur. Many brave Manipuri gave their life to the protection of their motherland. The Manipuris lost the war against the mighty British Empire. Manipur war hero Yubraj Tikendrajit and General Thangal were publicly hanged in Fida, Imphal. The British thought they had crushed the freedom movement by hanging them, but it did not happen. After that, Maharaja Kulachandra Dhaja Singh and 22 freedom fighters were sent to Kalapani and kept on Mount Harriet. Today, in his memory, the Government of India honoured his contribution by renaming Mount Harriet as “Mount Manipur” (October 2021).



The Mount Manipur memorial sprawled across more than 45000 sqft of areas, devoted exclusively to the freedom fighters. The Memorial concept structure features the back of the royal elephant with the museum, royal sword monument, galleries, an outdoor auditorium, cafeteria and a beautiful garden surrounding it all. The sword monument is a tribute to the martyrs who gave up their lives for freedom. Then the museum showcases the freedom struggle of Manipur. We have included one dedicated gallery for Maharaja KULA CHANDRA DHAJA SINGH, with another 22 Manipuris.



(Source: National Archive of India)

Credits

Huidrom Design Studio
Suresh Huidrom
Huidrom Design Studio
Nevia Laishram
Huidrom Design Studio
Ribash Akoijam
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