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Whatte Byooti! ūüėć We were so awestruck by the intricate elements of the building that we didn't end up seeing most exhibits! The classic dilemma, what should we see, the space or the exhibits?! This museum needs multiple visits.
#ThisisMumbai #BDL #indianmuseums #Architecture #nofilterneeded

'Unidentified Parsi with fob watch'
Artist : Sunqua (active 1860‚Äď70)
Canton, post 1860, Oil on canvas, 94 x 73.7 cm.
Collection Hameed Haroon
This portrait is by Sunqua, a nineteenth-century Chinese artist who specialized in portraiture and seascapes for export to the European Market. His trade albums, covering Canton and Macao street life, were popular souvenirs, depicting hawkers, snake charmers, tea sellers and sellers and especially dogs. He had large studios in both Macao and Canton, where he trained a number of artist. The canvas bears his name in yellow paint on the side of the portrait where the canvas is folded and stapled over the stretched frame. 3/4
#EverlastingFlame #NMExhibitions #NMCollaborations #indianmuseums #indianpaintings

For today's #museumweek spotlight on #travel, my pick is the famous Didarganj Yakshi. Full bodied and sensual, crafted from polished chunar sandstone, she symbolised fertility and plenty. Dated widely to the Mauryan period, the Yakshi was discovered buried near the banks of the #Ganga in 1917, just around the time the #Patna Museum was being planned. It would be fun to believe the version of the story that says she was used by local dhobis for years as the slab to beat their washing on. 30 odd years later, in the summer of 1947 and the lead up to #Independence, the Yakshi was one of a select few large sculptural pieces that travelled to #London for a landmark #exhibition of a new, national Indian art at the Royal Academy. One of the first works of art from India seen by a British and international public, she became, and has since remained, quite the star. Look at her, she's gorgeous. Old. With so much hidden meaning and significance. From London, she travelled to #NewDelhi and then back to the #PatnaMuseum. She was recently moved again, into the shiny, new #Bihar Museum, close by. I have yet to meet her in person, so this image is from Pinterest. #travelsMW #travelMW #WomenMW #ilovemuseums #indianmuseums

Every antique thing has a story behind it.
Live infinite such stories at the best museums in India:
Check here
https://goo.gl/0p1oxR
#IndianMuseums #OldisGold #PostOfTheDay

We loved hosting Mallika Ahluwalia of @thepartitionmuseum at our Lab. Keep watching this space to know what we brainstormed over!

#ThePartitionMuseum #PartitionMuseum #MallikaAhluwalia #History #HistoryOfIndia #Heritage #Museum #IndianHistory #IndianMuseums #IndiaCultureLab #VivaVikhroli

Would you like to spend your summer at Mehrangarh fort working behind the scenes at one of India's premier museums and exploring Jodhpur? Are you interested in early and mid-20th century Indian photographs? Apply for our Summer@themuseum summer internships today. Details below:

Mehrangarh Museum Trust Summer Internships 2017‚ÄĒCall for applications

Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur, one of India’s leading cultural institutions, invites applications to a summer internship program for students and recent graduates at the Mehrangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur. Summer interns at the museum this year will work under curatorial supervision on a project to document a large corpus of 20th century photographs from the Jodhpur royal collection that have recently become part of the museum’s holdings. While candidates with previously demonstrated interest in and knowledge about art history, photography or museology will have preference, candidates from other related fields are also encouraged to apply.
Internships will run for a period of four weeks starting on May 29, 2017. Interns will be provided accommodation and meals at the fort.
Eligibility: Bachelors degree holders, post-graduate students and recent graduates

Application: Interested candidates are requested to send in their CVs along with a letter of intent (300 words) to education@mehrangarh.org

Last date for applications: 15 May, 2017
#museummonday #jodhpur #mehrangarh #mehrangarhfort #rajasthan #museums #internships #indianmuseums #museuminternships #summeratthemuseum

In India, on a day to day basis, one comes across signs and notices that often cofound, more so because we are a people who don't, in general, follow those instructions, even the simplest or most common-sense ones. And then there are signs that are even more perplexing like this one in the Archeological Museum at Dholavira situated at the entrance to the ancient archeological site. Wonder why one would find it necessary to come to a museum armed? This museum holds many artefacts like clay dolls depicting animals, glass beads (including a 1mm one with a hole to pass a string), pottery 'sherds', seals, arrow heads, weight measures and other objects of Harrapan vintage. The museum is like many others in India, holding important collections but it is all marred by the most unimaginative displays. #Gujarat #India #Dholavira #IndianMuseums #Signs #CrisscrossingGujarat

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Our best-dressed museum visitors come from the villages and they arrive with the rains ūüėä
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#mehrangarh #jodhpur #museum #indianmuseums #lifeatthemuseum #museumlife #Rajasthan #indiantextiles

Over the last 10 years I've worked with so so many fantastic #women in #museums and I was wondering which image could encapsulate all of that for the last day of #MuseumWeek2017, with its spotlight on #heritage and the women that work to preserve and share the wealth of the past. I decided to go much further back, to where my journey in museums, art and heritage began. In 2004, the #AsiaticSociety and former #TownHall turned 200 and to celebrate, a group of amazing, inspiring and resilient women professors trained some 30 odd undergrads from different city colleges to lead #heritagewalks through #Mumbai's #historic #fort precinct and the Asiatic Society building and basement. We did this every weekend for a year. Back when heritage walks in Mumbai were on no one's agenda or calendar. When accessible resources on #Mumbai #history were minimal compared to today. Much of my interest, passion and inspiration came directly from them and this one project. Here they are with all of us at the launch. #heritageMW #womenMW #ilovemuseums #throwback #Bombay #histories #heritagelearning #womeninmuseums #womenteachers #teachinghistory #wonderwomen #mumbaimuseums #indianmuseums @sridharkgita

It is day 6¬†#MuseumWeek¬†dedicated to stories of women and travel. Today we would like to share the story of one of India‚Äôs first woman pilots, Jodhpur Princess Rajendra Kanwar (b. 1930). Rajendra Kanwar, also known as Susan Baijilal, was an avid aviator who started flying at the age of 17 on L5 Sentinel air crafts owned by the Jodhpur Flying Club established by her father, Maharaja Umaid Singh. Her personal aircraft was a Beech Bonanza VT-CZU. Peter Vacher in his history of the Jodhpur Flying Club recounts¬†that ‚Äúthe princess went solo after just five hours and earned her license in fifteen.‚ÄĚ She is seen here as a newly-wed with her husband Maharaja Fateh Singhrao Gaekwad of Baroda (a.k.a Jackie) whom she married in 1950, becoming the queen of Baroda under the title Maharani Padmavatiraje Gaekwad. ¬©Mehrangarh Museum Trust
#womenMW #travelMW #mehrangarh  #jodhpur #museums #UNESCO #Indianmuseums #rajendrakanwar  #jodhpurprincess #flying#womenpilots #womenpower #rajasthan  #rajasthantourism #museumweek2017

For today's #museumweek spotlight on #travel, my pick is the famous Didarganj Yakshi. Full bodied and sensual, crafted from polished chunar sandstone, she symbolised fertility and plenty. Dated widely to the Mauryan period, the Yakshi was discovered buried near the banks of the #Ganga in 1917, just around the time the #Patna Museum was being planned. It would be fun to believe the version of the story that says she was used by local dhobis for years as the slab to beat their washing on. 30 odd years later, in the summer of 1947 and the lead up to #Independence, the Yakshi was one of a select few large sculptural pieces that travelled to #London for a landmark #exhibition of a new, national Indian art at the Royal Academy. One of the first works of art from India seen by a British and international public, she became, and has since remained, quite the star. Look at her, she's gorgeous. Old. With so much hidden meaning and significance. From London, she travelled to #NewDelhi and then back to the #PatnaMuseum. She was recently moved again, into the shiny, new #Bihar Museum, close by. I have yet to meet her in person, so this image is from Pinterest. #travelsMW #travelMW #WomenMW #ilovemuseums #indianmuseums

We are nearing the end of the MuseumWeek celebrating women and culture and since it is also #fashionfriday, we decided to bring you a bit of women’s fashion from Rajasthan.
Fashion is an age-old phenomenon and archival records and objects in Mehrangarh Museum’s collection show that women in 18th and 19th century Jodhpur were as picky with their clothes as most of you are. Royal women were discerning consumers who sourced their clothes from all over India whether it was expensive silk from Gujarat in the west or brocade from Varanasi in eastern India.

Seen here are two 'ghagharas'‚Äď ankle length flared skirts which were worn by Rajasthani women in palaces and villages alike. These ghagharas from our collection date to the late 19th century, and are made from fine cotton embellished with gold thread. The material for these skirts came from Gwalior in central India. Ghagharas are known for their enormous flare, sometimes clocking a hem circumference of up to 100 meters! They were paired with a single blouse or a two-piece blouse ensemble (Kurti-Kanchali) and a veil (Odhani). #fashionMW¬†#WomenMW¬† #storiesMW¬†#mehrangarh ¬†#jodhpur#museum¬†#UNESCO ¬†#Indianmuseum¬†#textiles ¬†#Indiantextiles#indianmuseums¬†#fashion¬†#handmade

Our museum of the week, the Museum of Goa, or MOG, which means love in Konkani, has been founded by the artist Subodh Kerkar. The museum, centrally located in Pilerne Industrial Estate, Bardez, offers 1,500 square meters of space to display art as well as to bring together artists, curators, collectors, art enthusiasts, educators, students and audiences from all walks of life. Click the link in the bio for more.

Today is the fifth day of @museumweek and theme is #stories. To ease your Thursday blues, we would like to tell the story of this charming flying princess from a Jodhpur painting.
She is Padmini, a Srilankan Princess whose tale is told in an illustrated copy of the Suraj Prakash, an 18th century geneaology of Jodhpur’s Rathore rulers. Padmini was put under a spell by a saint at the request of the King of Bugalana who wanted to marry her. Here she is seen flying to Bugalana following the saint. But on the way Padmini sees King Padma, the ruler of Orissa and an ancestor of the Rathores, frolicking in a lake. Padmini instantly falls in love with the handsome king. To get his attention, she drops her anklet from the sky. Padma too, falls in love with Padmini and finally wins her hand by defeating the King of Bugalana in a battle.
#womenMW  #storiesMW #mehrangarh #jodhpur #museum #UNESCO #Indianmuseum #indianmuseums #indianstories #love

Today is World Music Day and this upload for Museum week is themed #musicMW. There is thus no better time to celebrate the life of legendary Rajasthani folk musician Rukmabai‚ÄĒthe first female¬†manganiyar¬†to perform in public.

Manganiyars¬†are a community of professional musicians and genealogists from Rajasthan who perform for and preserve the histories of their patron families. They call themselves ‚Äėmirasis‚Äô or ‚Äėkeepers of stories‚Äô. Though both men and women of the community are musicians, the system of ‚Äėpurdah‚Äô or veil prevented¬†manganiyar¬†women from performing for anyone except the women of their patron families. It is in defiance of these taboos that Rukmabai began her life as a professional singer. At the time she was a disabled (she lost both her legs to polio at one) single mother with no income and three children to look after.¬† She braved backlash from her community and under the guidance of renowned ethnomusicologist Komal Kothari, went on to perform all over the world, even recording at the BBC in London. Her music appears in a 2001 album called¬†Mann ke Manjeer√©: An Album of Women's Dreams.

Rukma Bai passed away on July 21, 2011. Learn more about her extraordinary story through these documentaries:

Soul Voice, Sole Voice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsKl5Anj4sM
24 Hours: The Story of Rukma Bai

http://www.ndtv.com/video/shows/24-hours/24-hours-the-story-of-rukma-bai-aired-may-2005-284067
Video courtesy: Amarrass Records
#womenMW  #storiesMW #mehrangarh #jodhpur #museum #UNESCO #Indianmuseum #crafts #Indiancrafts #musicMW #indianmuseums #manganiyar #rajasthanifolk #womenartists #womenmuscians #rukmabai

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Today is day two of museum week and the theme is sports. So we wanted to introduce you to some sportswomen from history with this 1827 Jodhpur painting of royal women playing polo with a Maharaja.
Contrary to popular images of Indian royal women as passive creatures living a secluded life in the zenana (the women’s quarters of a palace), paintings and other records indicate that women actively participated in sports such as hunting and polo in addition to being able administrators and patrons.

Seen here are the queens or concubines of Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur. They ride majestic Marwari horses, identifiable for their distinctive upturned ears. As is the case with most Indian miniature paintings, the female figures here are idealized depictions, and are not identified in the inscription.
#womenMW #sportMW #polo #queens #concubines #indianwomen #sports #mehrangarh #jodhpur #rajasthan #museum #UNESCO #Indianmuseum #indianmuseums #india
Maharaja Man Singh and the zenana play polo
By Shivdas
Jodhpur, 1827 © Mehrangarh Museum Trust

#sportsMW + #WomenMW in this 1827 Jodhpur painting of royal women playing polo with Maharaja shared by @mehrangarh „ÉĽ„ÉĽ„ÉĽ
Today is day two of museum week and the theme is sports. So we wanted to introduce you to some sportswomen from history with this 1827 Jodhpur painting of royal women playing polo with a Maharaja.
Contrary to popular images of Indian royal women as passive creatures living a secluded life in the zenana (the women’s quarters of a palace), paintings and other records indicate that women actively participated in sports such as hunting and polo in addition to being able administrators and patrons.

Seen here are the queens or concubines of Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur. They ride majestic Marwari horses, identifiable for their distinctive upturned ears. As is the case with most Indian miniature paintings, the female figures here are idealized depictions, and are not identified in the inscription.
#womenMW #sportMW #polo #queens #concubines #indianwomen #sports #mehrangarh #jodhpur #rajasthan #museum #UNESCO #Indianmuseum #indianmuseums #india
Maharaja Man Singh and the zenana play polo
By Shivdas
Jodhpur, 1827 © Mehrangarh Museum Trust

You have to read this story from @mehrangarh about three women in these miniature paintings! #womeninart
#Repost with @regram.app ... Today is day two of #museumweek and the theme is #sportsmw so we wanted to introduce you to some sportswomen from history with this 1827 Jodhpur painting of royal women playing polo with a Maharaja.
Contrary to popular images of Indian #royalwomen as passive creatures living a secluded life in the zenana (the women’s quarters of a palace), paintings and other records indicate that women actively participated in sports such as hunting and polo in addition to being able administrators and patrons.

Seen here are the queens or concubines of Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur. They ride majestic Marwari horses, identifiable for their distinctive upturned ears. As is the case with most Indian miniature paintings, the female figures here are idealized depictions, and are not identified in the inscription.
#womenMW #sportMW #polo #queens #concubines #indianwomen #sports #mehrangarh #jodhpur #rajasthan #museum #UNESCO #Indianmuseum #indianmuseums #india
Maharaja Man Singh and the zenana play polo
By Shivdas
Jodhpur, 1827 © Mehrangarh Museum Trust

Today is day two of museum week and the theme is sports. So we wanted to introduce you to some sportswomen from history with this 1827 Jodhpur painting of royal women playing polo with a Maharaja.
Contrary to popular images of Indian royal women as passive creatures living a secluded life in the zenana (the women’s quarters of a palace), paintings and other records indicate that women actively participated in sports such as hunting and polo in addition to being able administrators and patrons.

Seen here are the queens or concubines of Maharaja Man Singh of Jodhpur. They ride majestic Marwari horses, identifiable for their distinctive upturned ears. As is the case with most Indian miniature paintings, the female figures here are idealized depictions, and are not identified in the inscription.
#womenMW #sportMW #polo #queens #concubines #indianwomen #sports #mehrangarh #jodhpur #rajasthan #museum #UNESCO #Indianmuseum #indianmuseums #india
Maharaja Man Singh and the zenana play polo
By Shivdas
Jodhpur, 1827 © Mehrangarh Museum Trust

At Mehrangarh we are all set to welcome UNESCO's MuseumWeek starting Monday. Watch this space from June 19 for stories from Jodhpur celebrating the cultural contributions of Indian women. #womenMW #museumweek #mehrangarh #jodhpur #indianmuseums #museums #UNESCO #women #womeninart
Image: Detail of 'the Durbar of Maharaja Abhai Singh', by Dalchand, c.1729, Jodhpur ©Mehrangarh Museum Trust

The Conflictorium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is the only museum of its kind in the country, dedicated to creating a clearer understanding of the history of conflict so as to be able to work towards peace. Visitors here are not passive observers but active participants in co-creating new ways of resolving conflict. For more information click the link in the bio.

We loved hosting Mallika Ahluwalia of @thepartitionmuseum at our Lab. Keep watching this space to know what we brainstormed over!

#ThePartitionMuseum #PartitionMuseum #MallikaAhluwalia #History #HistoryOfIndia #Heritage #Museum #IndianHistory #IndianMuseums #IndiaCultureLab #VivaVikhroli

Every antique thing has a story behind it.
Live infinite such stories at the best museums in India:
Check here
https://goo.gl/0p1oxR
#IndianMuseums #OldisGold #PostOfTheDay

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