Bristol adopts Raja Rammohun Roy

Bristol adopts Raja Rammohun Roy

On Sunday, the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Geoffrey Gollop, unveiled a new painting at the Arnos Vale Cemetery depicting 40 famous Bristolians, which included Roy.

So, the town that has consistently cherished the memory of the Indian, now calls him "an adopted Bristolian". The cemetery is the final resting place of Roy, who died here on 27 September 1833.

This year, the Arnos Vale Trust organised a series of events to commemorate his death anniversary. In the literature for the events, he was described as the "international social reformer, and adopted Bristolian".

Bristol's eagerness to perverse and cherish Roy's memory – despite reservations expressed by some residents – is evident from the many landmarks in the city.
Much of the recent efforts on this have been coordinated by local historian, Carla Contractor.

His giant statue by noted Kolkata-based sculptor Niranjan Pradhan is located at a key site in the city centre, while a bust presented by former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu is placed in the local council house.

A walk by the house in Stapleton where he died is named Raja Rammohun Roy Walk, while one of the attractions of the city museum is Rammohun Roy's life-size painting by Victorian painter, Henry Briggs.

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