Visit this Pune museum where Maharashtra’s tribal heart still beats
The museum, founded in 1962, was set up with the intention to preserve and create awareness about the culture, heritage, art and lifestyle of around 47 tribes of MaharashtraUpdated: Jun 29, 2017 15:25 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
The Tribal Museum, founded in 1962, holds great importance because of its authentic display of the tribal culture of Maharashtra, providing a glimpse into their largely unexplored lives. Set up with the intention to preserve and create awareness about the culture, heritage, art and lifestyle of the tribal world, the museum is now looked after by the Tribal Training and Research Institute.
The collection of artefacts started showing up from 1965 and today it houses thousands of articles that depict the art and way of life of around 47 tribes of Maharashtra. The idea behind its construction was to preserve the art and other aspects of the tribal people of Maharashtra. Even the institute that maintains the museum conducts periodic researches related to several aspects of these tribes.
The exhibits at the museum include musical instruments, jewellery and tools, among other artefacts from tribal belts including Sahyadri, Marai, Gondwana, Danteshwari, Bahiram and Baghdeo, displayed to the public with a self-explanatory plaque below it .
Historic photographs and objects in the museum relate to tribes from the Sahyadri and Gondhavana parts of the state including the Korku, Katkari and Kolam people. The museum houses articles of over 47 tribes of Maharashtra with a library equipped with books that explains the tribal culture in detail.
Artefacts on display are handicrafts, costumes, idols of deities, jewellery, household articles, photographs, weapons, farming and hunting tools and musical instruments. There is a gallery that encloses the warli paintings, bamboo works and 54 masks that are used while celebrating the Bohoda mask festival. Daily use articles like clothes, utensils and many more have been artistically kept here for the general public to view.
Where: 28, Queen's Garden, Near Old Circuit House, Band Garden Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411001
Timing: 10 am- 5:45 pm, except Sundays, Saturdays (second and fourth) and all government holidays
First Published: Jun 29, 2017 15:24 IST