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Patna museum open to photography now

Patna museum is to allow visitors to photograph themselves with its antique collection, which was strictly prohibited till now.

patna Updated: Aug 22, 2012 15:34 IST
Reena Sopam

Patna museum is to allow visitors to photograph themselves with its antique collection, which was strictly prohibited till now.

One can get photographed with the famous Deedarganj Yakshini, accliamed as a marvel all over and displayed at the Festival of France and in the United States festival once.

The 3rd Century BC statuette still continues to be a rage, and represents the rich legacy of the Gandhar style images of Buddha in the Patna museum.

Or, if the ancient period is not to your taste, how about posing with an ornamented dagger, which had once belonged to the Mughal emperor, Humayun and is displayed in the museum gallery?

The museum authorities have planned to offer visitors the facility of videography for their personal record. Those interested in photo features or films on the museumfs rare bronzes, the art pieces dating back to the the British East India Company period or even the rare Buddhist Thangka paintings, can do so now, but for a price. Documentary makers are also welcome to film the period displays. Mobile phone cameras, strictly off limits till now, can also be used in the museum building.

We considered the good revenue potential before launching this facility. Many want to take pictures for their personal record. The facility is already available in other museums of the country. The mobile cameras will be specially useful for the students who visit museum as a part of their school excursion,h JPN Singh, additional director of the Patna museum, said.

He said, the museum campus was being furnished with more facilities. A museum shopee offering replicas of museum collections and publication and cafeteria will soon be opened to public.

A modern ticket counter, tourist information centre and a waiting lounge will be developed near the main entrance. The building construction department. will soon start working over it,he added.