Online Exhibition Series inaugurated by Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism
INDIRA Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) launched new series to display online the exhibits on its 200-acre campus in Bhopal with the aim of digitally connecting everyone with them due to lock-down during the current COVID-19 epidemic. The main objective of this series is to highlight the aesthetic features of traditional lifestyles, local knowledge and culture’s continuing relevance with modern society. The series was inaugurated by Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister for Culture and Tourism. At the beginning of the programme, Dr Praveen Kumar Mishra, Director, IGRMS welcomed the minister and presented a memento.
On this occasion, Patel said that the importance and lifestyle of Indian culture is the best and the most advanced. A special feature of the Human Museum is the prehistoric rock paintings present in the museum premises itself. The oil extracting equipment ‘Tirhi’ which is popular in the Rajwar Lok Sabha of Sarguja district of Chhattisgarh was also launched under the online exhibition series on display in the museum’s traditional tech gar-den. This exhibition has been presented online with its basic information and photographs and videos.
TIRHI’ is actually a traditional technology through which the oil from different oil seeds are expelled. Tirhi is made from two rectangular long wooden slabs which is fixed through a level one upon another. The seeds from which the oil is to be expelled are threshed and steamed. After that the seeds are filled in the small bark baskets. At a time at least 3-4 filled baskets are put at the centre in between two wooden slabs and the pressure is made from the upper slab which allows to expell the oil from the seed basket. Such technology is still in existence among the Rajwars of Sarguja, district of Chhattisgarh. Visitors can see this exhibition from home through the Facebook site of the museum.