Getting museums to trend

Government projects and private investments are helping museums make a comeback in the public mind

It might not be as grandiose as the upcoming Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Statue of Unity near Vadodara, or the Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Statue in Mumbai, but JPN Singh is counting on the new Bihar Museum to bring back the pride of Biharis.

One of the biggest projects of its kind in recent years, the museum will be spread over 13 acres with a built-up area of 2.5 lakh sq ft. The Bihar government headed by Nitish Kumar is spending ?498 crore to build the museum. Two of its galleries opened last year, and the remaining seven will open in March 2017.

“Biharis are a socially condemned lot and are stereotyped as backward and uncultured,” says Singh. The Bihar Museum, adds the Director of Museums of Bihar Government, will not just narrate the State’s complex story to outsiders, but also will be a space for locals to embrace their history and “instil Bihari pride.”

The Bihar Museum will house 25,000 objects, including some of the collections held by the Patna Museum...................Read more


Source: Business Line

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