Those interested in historical perspectives, there are number of museums in all major cities of the country that details the history of that region. In New Delhi – National Museum, Terracotta figures on display take you back to the 5th and 6th Century BC. Also on view are some exquisite swords of the Mughal period. An another museum in Delhi is Craft Museum with its display of folk art. This museum is also venue of exhibition on textiles and wooden sculptures of coastal India. Some of the most astonishing exhibits on display are in the museums of Rajasthan start off with the state capital Jaipur’s City Palace, an exhibit by itself. Housed within it are memorabilia of the royal house, much akin to the collections in other museums situated in the various ernst while royal capitals: Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Alwar and Bundi.
But perhaps the most stunning exhibits are housed in the crystal gallery, which itself is located in Fateh Prakash Palace – a heritage hotel – in Udaipur. The Gujarat state capital boasts of a number of museum, each are representing a private collection of an individual or a family. Prominent is Shereyas Museum of folk art – Calico Museum.
In Bhopal capital of Madhya Pradesh exhibits are a testimony of the tribal expertise in the lost wax technique, which has been used to good effect while making the Dhokra figures out of bell mattel.
Pune is the home of Dinkar Kelkar Museum,named after the man whose life long collection it houses. Focusing on the artistic aspect in every day life, the Museum exhibit inkpots, cooking vessels and betel nut crackers. It is amazing to see how a man’s imagination can transform mundane objects into objects d’art.
In Andhra Pradesh capital Hyderabad you come across the one of the most celebrated Museums, the Salar Jung Museum associated with the Nizams of Hyderabad, the Museum showcases some priceless treasures and curios. Down South Kerala the city of Cochin has its history on display in its numerous Museums. The chief among these is the Museum of nature’s history. Calcutta is so steeped in history that you hardly require a Museum to showcase it. Amongst the best known Museum is the victoria memorial.
The work of all of India’s best artists are pre sold, almost always, but can sometimes be seen at art galleries, in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Calcutta, Vadodara and Trivandrum. Art exhibitions are held in these cities from time to time.
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