Unique museum by record holder
It is perhaps the most novel concept of a museum. And nothing less can be expected of this extraordinary man Dukanji who is a Guinness Book record holder. Rajendra Kumar Tiwari alias Dukan Ji, as he is popularly known among the masses, has set up a museum at his residence in Daraganj which is unique in its own way.Updated: Jan 02, 2006 00:19 IST
It is perhaps the most novel concept of a museum. And nothing less can be expected of this extraordinary man Dukanji who is a Guinness Book record holder. Rajendra Kumar Tiwari alias Dukan Ji, as he is popularly known among the masses, has set up a museum at his residence in Daraganj which is unique in its own way.
"Museum means the place for preserving the articles belonging to historical times. Perhaps the articles we are using now too will degenerate with the passage of time and they will be counted among the articles of historical significance after some time," he said.
"This is the concept of my museum. I have tried to collect as many articles as possible and add them in my collection," he added. According to Dukanji, he has been collecting the articles for the past five years and it took almost 15 days for him to set up his museum.
The entrance welcomes the visitors with the six feet long sword presented to Dukanji by Ramoji, the owner of Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad.
There is also the collection of small Geeta and Quran in his collection which is 2.90 cm in length. He has a large collection of postal stamps belonging to various countries.
"There is a collection of 130 types of caps. A whistle which belongs to the period of 1914 is also available in my collection. I also have the tools of the barber who used to do haircut of the litterateur Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala'," said Dukanji.
There is a lantern which dates back to 1855 AD. He has also the collection of water of the holy rivers from various countries. There is no dearth of various types of necklaces in beads and metals.
"As far as the present day articles are concerned, I have collected most of articles of necessity such as bottles of perfumes, shampoos, soaps, gutkha pouches, cigarette packs, variety of pulses, rice, spices, photographs of the historical monuments and personalities, etc," he added.
The idea of setting up a museum was a spontaneous one when he came across a lovely yet non-usable packs of products lying in trash.
"To be more specific, most of the articles in my collection have been retrieved from the roadsides and garbage heaps. Few of them have also been contributed by the people when they came to know about my this unusual hobby," said Dukan Ji.
But these articles are likely to perish if they are not properly conserved as they are arranged in a room measuring barely 12 feet by 8 feet, lamented Dukan Ji.
"The visitors from more than 20 countries have appreciated my efforts but it seems the government is still unconcerned over this sensitive issue," he added.
"Being an unemployed person myself, it is getting quite difficult for me to maintain this museum and it is a humble request from my side to the government and the philanthropists to take some positive steps towards conserving this unique museum," he said.