He visits my town once a year. He fills my mouth with kisses and nectar. I spend all my money on him Who, girl, your man? No, a mango. -Amir Khusrau It is said, that the Gods in their infinite wisdom weighed the terrible Indian summer against a heap of mangoes, and found the balance even. Hotter the summer, sweeter the mangoes!!  As the mercury rises, it is time to celebrate the season with Mango – the King of Fruits,…

CIMAM is offering around 12 grants generously supported by MALBA–Fundación Costantini, Alserkal Programming, V-A-C Foundation, Samdani Art Foundation and Byucksan Foundation. Grants are restricted to modern and contemporary art museum or collection directors and curators in need of financial help to attend CIMAM’s Annual Conference taking place in Stockholm (2-4 November 2018). The first CIMAM Annual Conference took place on July 5th 1962 in The Hague. Since then the Committee has celebrated 48 conferences that have been held in over 30 different cities…

“ Do you think the blue jeans were invented by Levis Strauss? Think Again “ – reads the prompt when you use the interactive AR app accompanying the exhibit “Slaves of Fashion”.  This latest solo by The Singh Twins in collaboration with National Museums Liverpool & the University of Liverpool is not only a lesson in the history and art of India, but is a shining example of storytelling, exhibition-design and the innovative use of technology to enhance visitor-experience in…

The Government Museum & Art Gallery Chandigarh is  one of the most significant museums in the country. One of the three museums designed by LeCorbusier, it is home to the largest collection of Gandhara sculptures, and Pahari & Miniature paintings – but that’s what any Google search will tell you.  If you’re from the City Beautiful, you know this part as the “Geri Route” but Corbusier’s vision tagged the museum-area as the “cultural belt” of the city.  Situated right in…

The much awaited Museum-Week 2018 finally came to an end last week, and admittedly, left us exhausted! If there’s any such thing by the name of online-museum-fatigue, this week-long social media campaign is IT.  For all those joining in late : #MuseumWeek is an international online event celebrating and showcasing all things from cultural institutions over 7 days, 7 themes, 7 hashtags! When Museum-Week started in 2014, India’s participation count was “2 museums”. Cut to 2017, when the Ministry of…

A brass drum from Rajasthan, a Rabab from Kashmir , Edison’s patented phonograph,  a glass Mridangam and so many other instruments from across India at the National Museum New Delhi’s Sharan Rani Gallery of Musical Instruments narrate the fascinating story of India’s musical heritage. The Museum has a collection of 450 old and rare instruments from various regions of India, depicting different musical traditions. Of these, 207 objects are currently on display. Most instruments belong to the 17th-19th century period;…

In this hyperconnected world, how can museums use digital technology to engage its audiences? Last month, I was invited to speak alongside two other museum-tech enthusiasts at a YES Bank-backed Panel Discussion held at the Maharaja Sawai Man Singh II Museum, Jaipur.  This post is a recap of our discussion, and a digital route to continuing the conversation with all of you as well! How are Museums using Digital Technology today? To set the record straight, “Digital” does not imply…

It is not for nothing that CSMVS (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Vastu Sangralaya) Mumbai  is India’s best museum. The museum is home to more than 60,000 treasures, that tell the amazing story of India.  Get the best of your CSMVS experience with these 10 things to see, as recommended by the museum’s director Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee! This article has been possible because of a recent collaboration with the Harper’s Bazaar Magazine. For their 9th anniversary issue, we spoke to Mr.…

Earlier this month, Mehrangarh Museum’s landmark exhibition “Peacock in the Desert : Royal Arts of Jodhpur” opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).  This exhibition celebrates the history & grandeur of the Jodhpur-Marwar region at one of the biggest museums of America.  What a proud moment for India! There are about 250 objects that have traveled outside the walls of the Mehrangarh fort for the first time, and here’s a look into some of the highlights ! Jodhpur:…

Any visit to the National Museum in Delhi is incomplete if you haven’t met some of the badass women who stay here. Every time I go back to the museum, I make it a point to at least say hello to some of them that I really love. Today was no different, and being #WomensHistoryMonth, I thought this would be the best time to introduce you all to these awesome women! Meet these 6 badass women at the National Museum…

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