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Museums and galleries to display Hindutva-­themed artifacts

800 small and big museums across the country will display Hindutva-based artifacts, paintings and other exhibits of heritage importance.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2017 07:49 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
A visitor at one of the galleries at the National Museum in New Delhi.
A visitor at one of the galleries at the National Museum in New Delhi.(HT Photo/Sanjeev Verma)

Museums and galleries across the country will display Hindutva-based artifacts, paintings and other exhibits of heritage importance from their reserves in the theme-based fortnightly exhibitions.

With crores of exhibits in their reserves that have not been displayed to the public for the lack of space, 800 small and big museums across the country will start these exhibitions. Delhi has five such museums.

With about two lakh exhibits in its reserve, National Museum in New Delhi is the first in the country that kicked off one such exhibition on headgears or ‘topis’ last week. These exhibits include printed turbans, embroidered dopalli (two-layered cap), Maratha stitched cap and Zardozi cap.

The National Museum would put on display terracotta and stone sculptures of Ram, Lakshman, Sita, Ravana and others. Sculptures portraying the fierce fight between Ram and Ravana and disfigured nose of Swarupnakha will be of great interest to the visitors, an official at the museum said.

Sculptures of Kali would also be displayed.

Moreover, sculptures depicting Gandhar School, Mathura School and Ikshwak School of Kushan dynasty will also be displayed.

“We will give an opportunity to the people to see the exhibits which were not on display. Every 15 days, the exhibits will change. We have also decided to come out with a calendar of such exhibitions for the whole year,” said Rashmi Verma, secretary, culture ministry.