Saturday, July 9, 2011

Delhi Museums in - Delhi


The visit to the capital of the World's largest democracy is incomplete if you miss the intriguing museums of this ancient city, which has a glorious history of around 2500 years. Though Delhi cannot be compared with Finland that has more museums per person than any country of the world but still the city has many popular depositories with interesting objects, the tangible and intangible evidence of people and their environment on display having artistic, historical or scientific value.You can see the fascinting musuems in Delhi, while on tour to Delhi, with India For You While some museums of Delhi are of generic nature, which acquire, conserve, research, communicate and
exhibit, for purposes of study, education and enjoyment, many modern museums are based on particular subjects like natural history, modern art, archaeology, science, aviation, fine arts, geology, anthropology, cosmology, cultural history, and even applied arts. There are also museums dedicated to eminent people or leaders listing their contributions and services Being the capital of India, the museums in Delhi not only provides knowledge related to this part but of the whole country, thus serving as a window from where visitors can peep and be informed about the splendid history, culture, art and habitat of any particular region and discover and feel the diversity of this vast country All the museums in Delhi are well maintained with helpful curators. For photography of the museums, permission is required from the local authorities.
 
A Worth Visiting Site:    
It wouldn’t be out of place to call National Museum the cultural gateway into India. Set up on August 15, 1949 ( to coincide with our Independence Day ), the museum is a treasurehouse of antiques and historical memorabilia ranging from sculpture through carving, paintings, jewellery, manuscripts, arts and crafts to you-name-it! The collection was earlier housed in the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan and moved to its present building only in 1960 The museum now boasts of over 2,00,000 works of exquisite art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering a time span of more than 5,000 years. Some of the must-see sections are those showcasing Buddhist Art, Tantra Art, Jewellery, Scripts and Coins, Decorative Arts, Arms and Armour, Textiles, Tribal Lifestyle of Northeast India, Wood Carvings and Musical Instruments.
 
Converted Into A Museum:
 
The museum at Teen Murti has been primarily developed as a personalia museum. Some of the rooms, such as the bedroom, the drawing-room and the study have been preserved as they were at the time of Nehru’s death. The museum portrays through visual media the life and work of a man who was the leader of India’s struggle for freedom, the architect of modern India, and a passionate champion of world peace. Apart from highlighting his achievements, the visual display describes Nehru’s Kashmiri lineage, reconstructs his childhood and youth, his years at Harrow and Cambridge, his budding career as a barrister and his activities as a young radical who entered nationalist politics in 1917 by participating in the Home Rule Movement. A display of popular interest is the Gifts Gallery which has some of the priceless gifts received by Nehru during his travels in India and overseas. Among the exhibits is the Baharat Ratna medal awarded to the late Prime Minster in 1955.
 
Main Attractions:
 
An object of great interest to visitors is the Jawahar Jyoti, the eternal flame which is kept burning day and night. The ‘jyoti’ symbolizes the ideals for Jawaharlal lived and worked during his lifetime A massive granite rock put up in the front lawn is inscribed with excerpts from the historic tryst with destiny speech delivered by Nehru in the midnight session of the Indian Constituent Assembly on August 14-15, 1947. Since its inception more than 12 million visitors have thronged to the museum. Guides are available for conducting groups of visitors. The son-et-lumiere shows, with Hindi and English commentaries, arranged in Teen Murti House every evening throughout the year, except during the rainy season, lend colour and splendour to the story of Jawaharlal Nehru’s life. The Nehru Library collection consists of material on religion, culture, sociology, economics, politics and development in India. The library collection includes books, pamphlets, newspapers, periodicals, more than 5,500 microfilm rolls of private papers, missionary records, newspapers and old and rare journals and 4,480 microfiche plates of research material. The museum and library boast of an excellent manuscript collection which can be divided into two categories: institutional records and papers and correspondence of individuals. The collection began with the precious nucleus of the Nehru family papers of the pre-independence days. Since then, a very substantial number of additional papers have been added. Among 300 and more individual collections are the papers of eminent politicians, adminstrators, diplomats, jurists, scientists, educationists and industrialists.

 
Museum Shop Attractions:
 
Another interesting feature is the museum shop that offers replicas of masterpieces of sculpture, books on Indian arts and culture, picture postcards, guides and various other handcrafted gift items to take back home. The museum often hosts exhibitions in coordination with museums from other countries. This means that Indian exhibits travel abroad too while those from other museums come visitng at the National Museum. The museum has a vast library which can be accessed by professionals, scholars and students after obtaining the necessary permission. Free guided tours to the galleries and film shows in the auditorium are arranged every day. Gallery talks are held on every Wednesday on specific topics in the respective galleries at 1100hrs - The residence of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who fell to bullets by two of her own bodyguards on 31 October, 1984. The house has since been converted into a national memorial called Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. A modest bungalow, it is furnished simply and hung with photographs chronicling her life from childhood days with the Mahatma to later off-duty relaxation with her grandchildren Rahul, Priyanka and Varun. It is surrounded by a charming garden where you can hear Mrs Gandhi’s speeches from megaphones hidden in the bushes. It was in this garden that she was assassinated.
 
Sanskriti Museum of Terracotta:
 
Another museum located in Sanskriti Kendra is the Museum of Terracotta. To Indians, Earth is Mother – a symbol of absorption and creativity. Inspired by this thought Sanskriti created this museum which houses objects made by some of the finest craftspersons who have visited the Kendra from different parts of India. Using their distinctive traditions and techniques, they created objects that are displayed in the museum and elsewhere within the complex The museum has a well-documented display of India’s terracotta tradition. Complementing the museum are residential faclities and working space for craftspersons where one can sometimes get an opportunity to see them at work A definite stop for all those who wish to know more about the sweat, toil and blood that went into India’s struggle for Independence. Run by the Archaeological Survey of India, the museum is 100m beyond a left turn after Chatta Chowk near the Red Fort in Old Delhi. It traces India’s history from the colonial period and focuses on the freedom movement and its leading lights. A comprehensive collection of photographs, paintings, maps, and bronzes makes for an interesting and educative experience. This is an excellent way to tell your kids about their country and the price our forefathers have paid for the freedom we enjoy today.
 
                                                                                                     
 

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