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Explore India's Museums

Travel

Discover World Heritage Sites, DIY Heritage Walks & art-journeys for your travel bucket list.

The Mughal Charbagh : Paradise Gardens on Earth

The root word for Paradise, pairidaēza (in...

The Bylanes of Burrabazaar: A Tribute to Calcutta’s Pluralism

One of the oldest neighbourhoods of Kolkata,...

The Temple Treasures of Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh, or 'the land of 36 forts'...

History

Those stories that history-books never told us!

How Sister Nivedita’s contribution to Indian art history shaped the National Movement

The Irish-born educationist, author, social activist and...

Each Night Put Kashmir in Your Dreams : a series by artist Nilima Sheikh

From being ‘paradise on earth’, to being...

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A Dose of Art

Discover art everyday! Join us on Insta-Museum Tours, participate in Contests, Challenges and More.

EXHIBITIONS

Why ‘Pra-Kashi: Silk, Gold & Silver From The City Of Light ‘ is a must-see at the National Museum, Delhi

For centuries, the city of Kashi (Varanasi) has been celebrated for it's textiles. Take a dip into the treasure chest of the...

Lightning : When M.F Husain painted India of the 1970s

Think M.F Husain and the words that come to your mind are : horses, umbrellas, barefoot, Madhuri Dixit, Picasso, Bombay. Think deeper,...

Intimate Portraits of the Kashmir Conflict: As told by Women

What does war look like? When you hear of the Indo-Pak Kashmir conflict, what is the visual image that comes to mind?...

OUR FAVOURITES

In Paintings: Rembrandt & his Mughal India Inspiration

Rembrandt is one of the greatest artists in history, with his name alone being synonymous with fine art itself!  Yet, few know him as...

The Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta : Salar Jung Museum

This is probably the most-photographed sculpture at the Salar Jung Museum. Popularly known as the "Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta", this sculpture is...

10 Museum Advertisements to Inspire You!

In college, advertising and visual communication were my favourite subjects. Our teacher, Ms. Milinda Natu introduced us to different artists and art movements each week...

Embrace Digital : Resources for Museums

museum websites
In 1991, Tim Berners Lee presented to the world, the first website ever. The purpose was simple : to share information with the world easily. Over the decades, the role of websites has evolved to reflect the changing needs and trends of society. From simple static information...
museum digital
Museums tell the story of how the world has grown - stories of it’s people, culture, customs; the natural world, and help us establish meaningful connections between the present and past. With the emergence of digital technology over the past decades, there is a promise for better...
museum future 2030
2020 : two decades into the new millennium. Three decades into 'digital revolution'. In this time, we survived Y2K, moved on from Minesweeper & Solitaire, and museums moved from the big task of having websites to social media accounts & their own apps. If the millennium had...

CAMPAIGNS

Nurmahal : Nur Jahan’s serai in heart of Punjab

Who doesn't know Nur Jahan? The wife of Emperor Jehangir, the Padshah Begum was truly an influential figure at the Mughal court....

#ChaloMuseum : Visiting Museums in India

Have you ever raised an eyebrow at the thought of visiting a museum in India? Then this post is for you!

Discover India with 8 Awesome Museums!!

In this digital-savvy world, museums are rediscovering new ways and tools to engage with their audiences - and Instagram is a hot favourite! In...

#MuseumWeek : Highlights from India

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...

Children takeover the Government Museum & Art Gallery, Chandigarh

As part of the Museum Week celebrations, the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh had a special treat for children. In partnership with The...

How Ask-A-Curator Day revealed the hidden-secrets at CSMVS Mumbai

Ever wondered what the oldest object in a collection is? Or whether a particular painting or exhibit has a hidden meaning? What does it...

The Master Sculptor of India: Ramkinkar Baij

Born into a poor barber's family in Bengal's Bankura district, Ramkinkar Baij is considered to be the "Father of Modern Indian sculpture”....

‘Salam Chechi’ : a tribute to Malayali Nurses by artist Nilima Sheikh

Has it ever occurred to you, that as a new-born, our first source of comfort or the first warm hug came from...

#MuseumJigsaw: a painting by Anjolie Ela Menon

Padmashree awardee Anjolie Ela Menon is among India’s leading modern artists and one of the earlier women artists to gain international recognition....

Crossword: Can you name #5WomenArtists from India?

Time to test your culture quotient - how well do you know India? For every Sunday now, we bring you a new...

Indusudha Ghosh : between art and revolution

The 20th century witnessed India rise from a jewel in Britain’s imperial crown to Independence. India’s struggle for freedom is an ongoing...

Remembering Damyanti Chowla : one of the finest modern artists of India

In 2020, we celebrate 100th birth anniversary of Damyanti Chowla - an important artist, who has been largely missing from Indian art-history...

POPULAR DOWNLOADS

Jamini Roy, Tagore and a sholapith - terracotta Durga are essential to every Bengali household and my grandparents' home wasn't any different. Of all...
Each year on January 26, India celebrates its Republic Day marking the end of its transition into an independent and sovereign country.  In 1950,...

MUSEUM REVOLUTION

#DollyPartonChallenge : The real social-media message for museums

It was like any other day - except that instead of Friday-Feeling memes, #dollypartonchallenge was trending. But wait, what IS this challenge?

The Museum of the Future : a vision for the next decade (2030)

2020 : two decades into the new millennium. Three decades into 'digital revolution'. In this time, we survived Y2K, moved on from...
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