The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya is organising a craft mela on HT No TV Day, on January 28. From 10.30 am to 5 pm, the museum will host 10 events, which will give visitors a taste of India's rich traditional art, crafts and heritage, through fun-filled events.
A tattoo counter, shell painting, clay modeling, origami and flower-making workshops will give children an opportunity to learn and engage themselves artistically. "The response to crafts mela last year, which was also organised especially for No TV Day, was a great success," said museum director Sabyasachi Mukherji. "A total of 2,500 people visited the museum that day. Most of the programmes will let the visitors take back something they created at the workshops here."
Adults can try their hands at textile block printing and participate in a workshop on Kalighat paintings, paintings that date back to 19th century from the Bengal school of art. They can then compare their creations with those showcased at the museum as part of an ongoing exhibition of Kalighat paintings organised in association with London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
Western Railway heritage gallery to stay open
The heritage gallery of the Western Railway, housed in the stone-walled WR headquarters opposite Churchgate station, is an impressive example of well-preserved Colonial architecture.
The gallery has an exceptionally high ceiling, wooden doors with big metal door handles and even a grand crystal chandelier.
On HT No TV Day, the 2,184-sq-ft gallery - which is usually shut on Saturdays - will remain open to visitors from 10 am to 6 pm.
The gallery houses some rare black-and-white photographs, including one of a giraffe being transported by train in a specially built wooden box; a picture of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharalal Nehru waving from the doors of an old train and of luxurious old dining cars equipped with plush sofas and curtains and sparkling white crockery. Some of these photographs date back to 1923.
Perhaps the rarest photograph on display at the gallery is the birds-eye view of an old train that ran between Colaba and Churchgate, with the Rajabai Tower in the background.
Old railway equipment is also on display.
Entry to the gallery is free.
"The railways are the lifeline of Mumbai and it would be interesting for people to visit the gallery and learn about its history and about the functioning of trains in which lakhs of Mumbaiites travel every day," said Sharat Chandrayan, chief public relations officer for the Western Railway.