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3 days National Seminar on Ethnographic Museums in India begins at IGRMS

Monday - July 29, 2019 11:52 am , Category : BHOPAL


Bhopal, July 28: The three days National Seminar on Ethnographic Museums in India: Contributions, Representations and Future Possibilities” begins with an inaugural an inaugural session Chaired by Prof. Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri, Director IGRMS. The seminar started by the formal lighting of lamp in the presence of imminent scholars and museum representatives like Dr. Amreshwar Gala, Chief Curator, Amravatathi Heritage Centre & Museum, Andhra Pradesh; Dr. S.B. Chakravarty, General Secretary, The Asiatic Society, Kolkata; Prof. Vinay Kumar Srivastav, Director, AnSI; Dr. K.K. Chakravarty, Former Director, IGRMS, Prof. Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri, Director, IGRMS, Prof. K.K. Basa, Tagore National Fellow, IGRMS and Dilip Singh, Joint Director, IGRMS.

The inaugural session commenced with a welcome address delivered by Dilip Singh, Joint Director, IGRMS; followed by a deliberation on the theme of the Seminar by Prof. K.K. Basa who gave an overview of the theme of discussion wherein he provided a broad spectrum on the ethnography and museums from complementary role of colonial discourse and the thrust of it that undergone changes in the post-colonial development with alternative community voices against the stereotypic colonial constructs.



Dr. Amreshwar Galla, presented a key note address in the Seminar with an excellent presentation on how the Amravati Heritage Centre and Museum in Andhra Pradesh transformed to the present status with active involvement and participation of the locality which he coined as ‘’Museolity (Museum Locality)’. He asserted three models in ‘Rethinking Academic, Professionals and Community’. The projection of less participatory by the young generations/ students in the museums, he emphasised is not the lack of interest to these tender minds but it is because of the fact that we the museum professionals makes our presentation irrelevant to them.

He cited an example of the “Ultimate Dude”, an attractive visual representation of Lord Siva to arouse an interest and relevant to the young children. He further gave an insight to the on the key elements on aspects and transformations like the Museum Collections could be transformed into knowledge and experience; exclusiveness could be harnessed into inclusiveness and from passive involvement it could be transformed into active involvement.

The first day of the seminar had two important sessions. The first session being Special Lectures that primarily focussed on the theoretical implications. Prof. K.K. Basa chaired the morning session where three special lectures were presented by the eminent scholars Dr. S.B. Chakravarty, General Secretary, The Asiatic Society, Kolkata; Prof. Vinay Kumar Srivastav, Director, AnSI; and Dr. K.K. Chakravarty, Former Director, IGRMS.

The post lunch session was chaired by Prof. Vinay Kumar Srivastav and in this session two important lectures were witnessed by the delegates and the audience. Prof. K.K. Basa presented a paper on “Small Museums: Meaningful Implications, Examples from Manipur”. The paper provide theoretical background from the colonial construct of the ethnographic museums on first part while the second part talked about the alternative voices gearing up within the small community/ village museums based on his field investigations carried out in the museums of Manipur and further from the studies of the auto-ethnographers.

Another presentation in the session head by Prof. Ambika Bipin Patel, Deptt. of Museuology, Maharaj Sayajirao University, Baroda in which she describe about the Reflections on the Ethnographic Museums of  Gujarat from the pre-independent times to the contemporary museums.

The last sessions of the day’s Seminar dealt with regional scenario of museums from Janapada Loka, Bangalore presented by Dr. Kuruva Basavaraj; Advart Museum (Tribal & Folk Art Museum), Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh presented by P. Anuradha, Museum Associate, IGRMS and finally the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum, Itanagar, presented by Dr. Radhe Yampi, State Museum, Directorate of Research, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

At the end of the programme, Dr. RM Nayal was presented the vote of the thanks. The seminar was attended by a large number of delegates from different institutions, Universities and Museums of India. - Window To News