Exhibitions, Colloquium, Musical concert, Treasure hunt, Quiz contest, special visits, workshops and many more! Art lovers and excited audience and visitors at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, celebrating the International Museum Day on 18th May, 2013 wrap up their day with fun filled memories of interesting Indian history and its beautiful art & culture. In an array of number of activities, an exhibition entitled ‘Srijan’; was inaugurated by eminent poet, critique and Editor Dr. Ashok Vajpayee. On this occasion Prof. K.K. Misra, Director IGRMS and other officials and staff were also present. Mounted at Avritti Bhawan of the Sangrahalaya, this exhibition of multicolor art forms of India includes exhibits prepared by folk and tribal artists during various artist camps organized by the Museum at Bhopal and also in different cities of the country. The supporting panel exhibition provides ample information about the contributions of various artists in the development of the IGRMS.
There is given a brief introduction to the world of art which would facilitate the visitors of all ages. The very close to it, a corner of museum education programme on the traditional art of ‘Zardosi and Block & Batik print is underway for 10 days to acquaint the visitors about the richness of traditional crafts. The next, another attraction of the day, a recent initiative of IGRMS Exhibit of the Month, Banam, an musical instrument was inaugurated. Traditionally called by the Santhal tribe as Banam, this popular musical instrument exists in different forms. It is used as an important accompaniment for music & folk performances. Uniquely carved with crown like figures of three female deities, it conveys ceremonial importance. The body has symbolic arrangements like head, ear, neck, chest, & belly representing the sky, air and fire. Apart from this, a colloquium on ‘Museum (Memory + Creativity) in the context of social change was held. Dr. Ashok Vajpayee, the chief guest of the colloquium expressed that- with this time span, people have already started taking interest in museums and history. Therefore it has now become mandate for museums and museums professionals to experiment some new trials in the presentation and narrations of artifacts displayed the museums. While sharing his own experiences Dr. Ashok Vajpayee talked about the importance and challenges of the museum in today’s world.
In order to increase public awareness towards the role of museums in the development of the society, he laid stress upon the need of preservation and narrating style of art and artifacts displayed in the museums. While another in the colloquium, Shri Vasant Nirgune, in his address with some examples shared that, we should be more focused towards the displaying techniques of objects in the museum. It should give real and authentic touch to visitors so that they can easily co-relate themselves with Indian and history. Whereas Prof. Rajaram, another speaker laid emphasis on the properly arrangements and seeking help from experts in building the image of the museums. In the beginning, Prof K.K. Misra, Director IGRMS in his welcome address introduced the speakers and expressed his pleasure over the celebration of International Museum Day with the number of activities. Shri Arun Kiro , IGRMS proposed vote of thanks in the end and Shri S.K. Pandey, IGRMS coordinated the colloquium at Avritti Bhawan of the Manav Sangrahalaya. This colloquium was attended by distinguished audience from the field of art and culture. In the evening of this day, a musical concert presented by Indian Blue, a semi classical band and a band of youth artists mesmerized audience with its wonderful presentation of rich melody and rhythm at Veethi Sankul, indoor auditorium of the Manav Sangrahalaya.
This presentation coupled with grace and fine tunes was the riveting experience for all on this day. Artists performed in the concert were Shiraz Ali Khan- Lead Musician on Sarode, Dishari Chakraborty on Santoor, Arindam Bhattacharya on vocal, Manomeet Ray on Dholak & Percussion, Kaustav Biswas on Bass Guitar, Arijit Tagore on Tabla & Pakhawaj, and Debabrata Gupta on Tabla. Besides this in the morning, a competitive event entitled –‘Treasure Hunt’ for common public. The event commenced and culminated at the premises of the Manav Sangrahalaya was flagged off by Prof. K.K. Misra, Director IGRMS. In the event, the participants hunted for clues across the city at various historical places to find hidden answers and locations. After this, Special Visits of specially abled children from SOS Balgram and senior citizens were organized. In this visits, the visitors were acquainted with various indoor and open air exhibitions of the Manav Sangrahalaya. This was followed by Quiz contest in which number of students from various participated and won attractive prizes for correct answer.