Exhibitions

 
 
  Jorasanko Thakurbari O Rabindranath
 

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Kaviguru Rabindranath Tagore an exhibition was organized on ‘Jorasanko Thakurbari O Rabindranath’ at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum, Kolkata. Director, Indian Museum, Sri Anup Matilal punctuated his welcome speech with some popular paintings of Rabindranath Tagore. The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr Asok Kumar Das, Tagore National fellow. The exhibition represented the glorious objects and paintings on Rabindranath Tagore. Some fascinating paintings, photographs, manuscripts of Rabindranath and portraits of him drawn by others were showcased from the cabinet of the Indian Museum Collection. The exhibition remained open from 6th to 12th May 2011. On this Occasion a catalogue was released in connection with the exhibition.

 

 
  Musical Instrument Donated by Raja Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore
 

To pay homage to Raja Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore on the occasion of International Museum Day an exhibition titled ‘Musical Instrument Donated by Raja Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore’ on the musical instruments from the collection of Indian Museum was held from 18th to 25th May, 2011 at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum, Kolkata. The exhibition was inaugurated by Sri Amitendranath Tagore. On this occasion a catalogue titled ‘Musical Instrument Donated by Raja Sir Sourindro Mohun Tagore’ was released. Vote of thanks was given by Sri G. N. Ghosh, Deputy Keeper, Archaeology Section.

 

 
  Saktirupena: an exposition on mother goddess in Indian Art
 

On the occasion of Durga Puja, the Indian Museum organized an exhibition titled ‘Saktirupena: an exposition of mother goddess in India Art’ at Asutosh Birth centenary Hall on 23 September 2011. The exhibition on Sakti icons displayed the great mother principle in various forms, in stone sculptures, terracotta, metal carving, coins, miniature, ivory, folk paintings, etc. ranging from the proto-historic period to present through the early historic period. Prof. Bharati Roy, the former Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Calcutta inaugurated the exhibition and Dr Taran Kumar Biswas, Director, Birla Academy, Kolkata enumerated the origin and development of Durga idols and the impact of Durga Puja in Indian society. Dr Biswas graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Sri Anup Kumar Matilal, Director, Indian Museum welcomed the august assembly. Vote of thanks was given by Sri G. N. Ghosh, Deputy Keeper (Pre-history) and In-charge (Archaeology Section).

 

 
  Games and Pastime through the ages
 

An in-house exhibition ‘Games and Pastime through the ages’ was held at the Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum, Kolkata from 17 to 25 Nevember 2011. The objects from the collection of Art, Archaeology and Anthropology Sections showcased in the exhibition highlighted the long tradition of games and pastimes of Indian society. The exhibition through the exhibits exposed the panoramic view of indoor, outdoor amusement and recreations enjoyed by the people in the historic period. Sri Chuni Goswami, the legendary sports personality inaugurated the exhibition. Welcome address was given by Sri Anup Matilal, Director, Indian Museum and Vote of thanks was given by Sri G. N. Ghosh, Deputy Keeper (Pre-history) and In-charge (Archaeology, Indian Museum, Kolkata.

 

 
  Ganesa: gifted by Vasant Chowdhury
 

Indian Museum is one of the pioneering repositories of ‘Ganesa icons’ in the Museums in India. Vasanta Chowdhury, a well known film actor, former hon’ble member of the Board of Trustees, Indian Museum, donated 101 Ganesa icons to Indian Museum in the year 2000. In memory of Vasanta Chowdhury, Indian Museum organized a special exhibition titled ‘Ganesa: gifted by Vasant Chowdhury’ held from 1 to 4 December 2011 at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum. Those Ganesa icons (100 nos.) were exposed in the exhibition hall, are from the collection of Archaeology Section. The collection of Lord Ganesa identifiable with different region of Southeast Asia and they are captured in ivory, bronze, stone, etc. The origin of the objects stylistically dates back to the first century AD to the present. The exhibition was inaugurated by Sri Jawhar Sircar, I.A.S, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. A lecture on the objects ‘Ganesa from Vasant Chowdhury collection’ was delivered by Dr S. K. Chakravarti former Director, Indian Museum. Sri Srinjoy Chowdhury, son of Vasanta Chowdhury , also deliberated a lecture on the collection and preservation of the Ganesa done by his father.

 

 
  Puppets: from the collection of the late Raghunath Goswami
 

To pay tribute to late Raghunath Goswami, Indian Museum organised an exhibition on Puppets: from the collection of the late Raghunath Goswami between 6 and 12 January 2012 at Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum, Kolkata. The exhibition was inaugurated by Sri Subhaprasanna Bhattacharya. In connection with the exhibition Indian Museum has also organised Puppet show (glove and hand puppets) at the courtyard of the Museum.

 

 
  Ancient Indian Terracottas
 

On the occasion of 198th Anniversary, Indian Museum organized a special exhibition on “Ancient Indian Terracottas” from 2 February to 12 February 2012, in the Asutosh Birth Centenary Hall, Indian Museum. His Excellency Mr M. K. Narayanan, Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Indian Museum inaugurated the exhibition. Prof. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Eminent historian graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Prof. K. Paddayya, Emeritus Professor, Deccan College, Pune delivered the Nathaniel Wallich Lecture on Cultural heritage in India: Its Preservation and Relevance.

 

 
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