Museums

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B.N. Goswamy
During a trip to the Salarjung Museum in Hyderabad, Prof. B.N. Goswamy was shown a most sumptuous-looking edition of one of the great classics of English literature—even if it is essentially a translation—Edward FitzGerald’s rendering of the ‘Rubai’yat of Omar Khayyam’. Here he writes about how…
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Simran Agarwal and Abhinav Gupta
Much like the role of a library, a museum’s responsibility is to make heritage a part of our lives. And to that end, the development of digital curation for cultural pursuits cannot be ignored anymore. Here’s a pick of lesser-known museums that have a virtual presence, enabling us to enrich our…
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B.N. Goswamy
During a trip to Kolkata, Prof B.N. Goswamy visited the Gurusaday Dutt Museum, with its overwhelming collection of folk art in everyday use. Of special interest to him were the various Kantha textiles, he writes. (Photo courtesy: Gurusaday Museum) This article appeared originally in The Tribune,…
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Simran Agarwal
Natural history collections, housed in museums dotted across India are like mines of data. We look at five natural history museums that aim to educate mother earth’s future caretakers. (Photo courtesy: Pixabay) At a time when climate change is an ever-existing concern and an increasing number of…
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Sindhuri Aparna
Planning your leisure schedule with your family? Our list of some of India’s most interesting museums is just the thing for you. (Photo courtesy: MuseumsofIndia.org) A museum is called an ajayab ghar in Hindi, meaning a house of curiosities, and that’s exactly what it offers. Even if classroom…
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Manan Kapoor
Be it the festival of Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan or a celebration of Indian independence, both are synonymous with kite flying. Even though there is no historical evidence or written account of the kite’s association with the festival or the occasion, it is an age-old tradition. Here, we trace…
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Navina Lamba
There are numerous museums all around India which trace the nation's history and the lives of the people who helped achieve independence from the British. These museums, which preserve the legacy of our freedom fighters, are important sites which make the younger generation aware of the…
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Sindhuri Aparna
With over 150 vintage cycles, the Vikram Pendse Cycles Museum gives us an opportunity to take quite a ride through history. From a foldable Airborne Paratrooper Bicycle used in World War II to the unique self-oiling 1914 Golden Sunbeam, we put the spotlight on this unique Pune museum. (Photo…
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Manan Kapoor
From heritage packaging museums to those that give insight into the ‘fire and rescue’ legacy of India—we look at some offbeat museums in India that turn banal objects into artefacts. (Courtesy: Museumsofindia.org)   From a museum that has more than 150 cycles to one chronicling the history of…
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Sindhuri Aparna
The Patiala State Monorail Tramway (PSMT)—one of the most iconic artefacts at the National Rail Museum—is the only remaining steam-run monorail in India. Not only does the PSMT have an interesting history, it is still in use and is ‘steamed-up’ on a weekly basis. (Photo Courtesy: Pravinjha at…
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