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INA memorabilia to be displayed in Netaji museum

india Updated: Oct 17, 2008 10:58 IST

Netaji Subhash Birthplace National Museum (NSBNM) in Cuttack would have an exclusive gallery to display the Indian National Army (INA) memorabilia, including photos, portraits and regalia of its soldiers.

The gallery is expected to be completed and opened to public on the 112th birth anniversary of Netaji on January 23 next year.

"We are going to add three new galleries to the existing eight of the double-storied museum this year which would be inaugurated on the birth anniversary of the legendary leader. Of these, one gallery would be exclusively dedicated to INA memorabilia," museum Director Chandrabhanu Patel said.

Patel said steps have already been taken to collect information and artefacts relating to INA soldiers and persons associated with it- both dead and alive.

"We hope we would have enough materials of interest to display in the gallery," he added.

Meanwhile, a beginning has already been made in this direction when a Delhi-based artist Md Aanwar donated a portrait of Captain Laxmi Panda which would adore the gallery, sources said.

Laxmi was the youngest woman soldier of INA and died recently at the age of 83.The museum now houses several INA insignia which have been obtained from INA secretary S S Yadav of Delhi.

Efforts are on to contact the living INA associates to collect some more artefacts from them to be displayed in the museum, the sources said.

Among the main displays is an INA regalia sword which was handed over to Captain D Dasan of Chennai by Netaji himself in 1944.

Dasan, now president of Chennai-based Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Memorial National Welfare Foundation, during his visit to the state in 2004 had donated the four-feet long sword to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for display at the museum.

Besides, a pair of INA uniforms donated by Lt R Laxmidevi Naidu and other insignia donated by INA associates Capt C M Santnam of Tokyo regiment and Capt R Saraswati Rajamani of Burma regiment are at the museum.