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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 21st Century Retelling of Laur & Chanda’s Romance

Some stories get handed over as batons from one generation to the next. But only rarely do we find stories which seem to belong to the wrong generation! Maulana Daud’s folk romance Laur Chanda was written in the 14th century but has all the trappings of a 21st century love story. That got us thinking, what would the story look…

Annapurna : The Goddess of Food

From the collection of:  National Museum, New Delhi What is it: A brass sculpture of a goddess holding a ladle in the right hand and a jewelled bowl full of rice in her left hand. Her bowl of grain represents the food and nourishment she offers. The iconography of Annapurna is given in the Agamas as a youthful goddess of…

Vechaar Utensil Museum Ahmedabad

During Akbar’s rule, a local revolt in Ahmedabad had the Great Emperor ride down from Fatehpur Sikri with 3000 horsemen at lightening speed (9 days). Of course he won over the rebels but stayed on in the city for 3 weeks. If at all there were leftovers (in terms of utensils from feasts and royal banquets), it would most likely…

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