We are nothing but just a tiny little speck of dust …
The timelines of human civilization in the Indian sub-continent goes so far back that when we talk about history or tradition, we are not talking about Years or Decades or Centuries, it actually goes back to Tens and Hundreds of Centuries…
To be born and lived in this wonderful land of ours (no pun intended) is nothing short of a miracle and truly a blessing – I actually feel privileged to be born and lived my life in this amazing pot of humanity called India.
To be able to get a glimpse of the past by looking at the pieces of our history that have survived is an delightful experience. Wife, kids and myself went out recently for a trip down the memory lane – visited few museums in New Delhi – it was just wonderful – the first one for our kids – our little daughter got so enthralled by it all that we had to restrain her before she could damage something – we Indian have the bad habit of touching and feeling everything 🙂
About the National Museum, New Delhi, India
- The National Museum is very conveniently located at Janpath, walking distance from India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan and is a must see place in New Delhi.
- It has an interesting beginning, the blueprint for establishing National Museum was prepared during the British Colonial Rule, by Maurice Gwyer Committee in May 1946. An Exhibition of Indian Art, consisting of selected artifacts from various museums of India was organized by the Royal Academy, London with the cooperation of Government of India and Britain. The Exhibition went on display in the galleries of Burlington House, London during the winter months of 1947-48. It was decided to display the same collection in Delhi, before the return of exhibits to their respective museums.
- An exhibition was organized in the the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President’s House), New Delhi in 1949, which turned out to be a great success. This event proved catalyst for the creation of National Museum. The success of this Exhibition led to the idea that advantage should be taken of this magnificent collection to build up the nucleus collection of the National Museum. State Governments, Museum authorities and private donors, who had participated in the exhibition, were approached for the gift or loan of artifacts, and most of them responded generously.
- On August 15, 1949, the National Museum was inaugurated in the Rashtrapati Bhawan by Mr. R C Rajagopalachari, the Governor-General of India.
- The foundation of the present building was laid by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India, on May 12, 1955.
- The first phase of the National Museum building was formally inaugurated by Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the Vice President of India, on December 18, 1960. The second phase of the building was completed in 1989.
- The Museum continues to grow its collection through gifts that were sought painstakingly and artifacts collected through its Arts Purchase Committee.
- The Museum presently holds approximately 2,00,000 objects of a diverse nature, both Indian as well as foreign, and its holdings cover a time span of more than five thousand years of Indian cultural heritage.
- The National Museum was initially looked after by the Director General of Archaeology until 1957, when the Ministry of Education, Government of India, declared it a separate institution and placed it under its own direct control. At present, the National Museum is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
- Harappan Gallery
- Maurya, Shunga and Satvahana Arts Gallery
- Kushana Gallery
- Medieval Art Gallery
- Decorative Arts Gallery
- Miniature Paintings Gallery
- Buddhist Artefacts Gallery
- Evolution of Indian Scripts & Coins Gallery
- Bronze Gallery
- Central Asian Gallery
- Maritime Heritage Gallery
- Tanjore & Mysore Paintings Gallery
- Textiles Gallery
- Tribal Lifestyle of North East India Gallery
- Musical Instruments Gallery
- Wood Carving Gallery
- Arms and Armour Gallery