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Museum project gathers dust in Hyderabad
« on: June 27, 2010, 01:48:15 AM »
Museum project gathers dust
TNN, June 25, 2010

HYDERABAD: It was three years ago when the archaeology department was granted Rs 5 crore by the Centre to set up four museums in the state. But the project has not taken off.

Had the project been executed, the state would have been richer by a numismatic museum on the AP state archaeological museum premises, a Hyderabad gallery at the Khazana building at Golconda Fort that would have showcased Raja Deen Dayal’s photographs, and a gallery at the AP state archaeological museum. The Kurnool museum too would have been extended to display excavations of the department since 1914.

But with the authorities still sitting on the project, which has a total of Rs 7 crore earmarked for implementation under the central financial assistance scheme, AP’s precious artefact collection continues to remain dumped at the state archaeological museum for lack of space. From rare coins to centuries-old relics unearthed during various excavations, the state’s load of history, heritage experts say, has been gathering dust due to lack of enough museums.

“There are thousands of gold coins from the Kakatiya and Qutub Shahi periods that are lying with the department. If the numismatic museum had been set up, these coins would have been showcased for public viewing,” said Jaikishan, a representative of Indian National Trust for Cultural Heritage (INTACH) adding, “There was also some talk about extending the Karimnagar museum to make more space for artefacts. But even that has not happened.” According to Jaikishan, a large number of Buddhist sculptures found during excavations at sites such as Phanigiri, have also been dumped in rooms close to the site due to space crunch.

Similarly, Raja Deen Dayal’s photographs documenting the city of Nizams that have been widely appreciated across the globe have found little prominence in Hyderabad’s museums, rue historians. Apart from a few of his works, most continue to remain scattered with some of them still with the Raja’s family. Had the Hyderabad gallery been set up, the photographs would have found an honourable place to be showcased, they say.

“When I was writing a book on him in 2006-07 I was told that a museum, exclusively for his works, would be set up soon. But till today there is no sign of it,” said city historian Narendra Luther, lashing out at the state archaeology department for its complacent attitude. “It is sad to see how we are letting the rich history of our state fade away,” Luther said.

Interestingly, the excavations dumped at the state archaeological museum are not even catalogued. So chances are that any loss of such valuable findings might go unnoticed as the department has no official record of these antiques. It is perhaps for this reason that heritage enthusiasts have been pressing for the museums.

“We need more museums to save our heritage from being lost,” said art historian and collector Jagdish Mittal, however, adding, “I also feel that better management of the present museums can help in addressing the problem space to a great extent.”

Meanwhile, officials of the state archaeology department, in their defence, said that they were still awaiting a government order to start work on the museums.

Source: Times of India
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Re: Museum project gathers dust in Hyderabad
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2010, 03:58:24 AM »
Typical Indian 'Babu' (Bureaucrat) response. Any excuse not to do work. If this were in Gujarat today, the officers would have been chargesheeted and given punishment postings they would regret for life.

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