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Museums depict country’s cultural heritage: Darda

 Media Coverage  |  19-05-2022

Central Museum organises painting expo on the occasion of World Museum Day

Each year May 18 is celebrated as International Museum Day taking into consideration that museums help in promotion of cultural heritage and preservation of historical artefacts, besides acting as a source of entertainment with academic value. Central Museum, popularly known as ‘Ajab Bangla’ launched a digital application providing information about the museum and also inaugurated a painting exhibition on this day.

On the occasion of ‘Svatantrata ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the museum hosted a painting expo consisting of paintings by professors of arts college. Chairman, Lokmat Media and former Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha,  Vijay Darda inaugurated the exhibition. In his address, he said, “Every museum across the world depicts that particular country’s cultural heritage. Museums narrate the story of that civilisation. However, when it comes to the conservation of museums, it is a sad fact that we do not come out of politics. People must also support the museums, with visiting fees and donations so as to maintain the museums.”

Darda also noted there was a need to organise events that attracted masses to the museums. He suggested that a museum begins from home and that every house in itself is a museum.

About the exhibition, Darda said he would ensure that the art galleries are made technically sound for the artists to portray their work, noting that even he derives his energy, relaxation, and happiness from colours and paintings.

During the event, veteran city artist and founder of Basoli Chandrakant Channe, artist Milind Limbekar, assistant director of the archaeology department, Nagpur Jaya Wahane and former MLA Dinanath Padole were prominently present during the inaugural.

The exhibition will be open to the public till May 22 from 10 am to 6 pm. The entire exhibition is curated by Milind Limbekar.

Such a Hitler should be born again: Channe

Veteran city artist and founder of Basoli group Chandrakant Channe during the inaugural said that it was necessary that when people of a particular city are getting rich, its museums should not become poor. Channe noted that during the World War, even Adolf Hitler had ordered destruction of everything except the museums. Hitler was an art lover and such a Hitler must be born again who thinks about arts and heritage. Channe also stated that different steps should be taken frequently to ensure people visit museums.He also told a sad fact that earlier over six paintings of the noted artist Vasudeo Gaitonde were found dumped in the godown of the Central Museum. He stressed such incidents can be avoided with responsible staff since it is the staff of the museum that ensures the treasures of a museum reach people.

Participating artists in the painting exhibition from across Vidarbha are Jyoti Hejib, Bhau Dandade, Milind Atkale, Mrinmayee Bobde, Ganpat Bhadke, Deepali Limbekar, Vikas Joshi, Dr Ravindra Hardas, Vinod Chavan, Pravin Balapure, Pankaj Itkelwar, Sarang Nagthane, Mrunal Joharapurkar, Atul Kamdi, Ab Gaffar Ab Sattar, Ravi Pratap Singh, Sanjay Jathar, Snehal Limaye Oak, Babar Shareef, Dr Kishor Ingale, Dr Harish Walke, Ganesh Bobde, Chandrashekhar Waghmare, Prafulla Taiwade, Dr Sadanand Chaudhari, Hemant Mohad, Vayshali Pakhale, Prafulla Dekate, Rashami Shelwat, Ashish Ujawne, Prafulla Nayse, Nana Misal and others.

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