taking a walk: photos | stories | essays

14 January 2019

Crafts Museum: A priceless institution where rare source material of Indian handicrafts is preserved


The National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, or simply known as Crafts Museum, was designed by master architect Charles Correa.



Though the museum has its roots in 1956 when freedom fighter Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay decided to make space for artists to work in peace, it was only in 1991 that Charles Correa got involved.

The museum located opposite the picturesque Purana Quila in central Delhi has some 33,000 specimens of Indian crafts acquired over a period of 60 years from all the states, from Jammu and Kashmir to Manipur to Tamil Nadu.

The Work of Charles Correa (1996) by Kenneth Frampton, The Perennial Press, New York, has these interesting lines:

“…Correa seems to be torn at times between pursuing colorful abstract compositions, vaguely referential to popular culture, as in his extremely scenographic Cidade de Goa of 1982, and a more direct evocation of an actual vernacular as we find this in the National Crafts Museum that he finally realized in New Delhi in 1991.

Closer in spirit to the Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal than to Jawahar Kala Kendra, this museum is not organized about a strict mandala pattern and while it is graced by a number of square courtyards, these are not treated as analogies of the Vedic kund, despite the fact that they are occasionally stepped to create informal arenas. Instead, the various courts give access to different exhibits opening off a meandering pathway in an informal manner; Village Court, Temple Court, Darbar Court, etc. As in Bharat Bhavan, the podium is elaborated at two levels; on the ground floor through a series of courts and above through a set of roof terraces. At the same time, most of the single story accommodation provided is totally enclosed.

What is key here, as [museologist] Jyotindra Jain has written, is that the whole museum is conceived after the timeless world of the Indian village where otherwise incompatible crafts exist side by side. Jain shows how the unofficial folk culture of India has always maintained its anarchic autonomy despite colonializing efforts to regularize the character of its production. Jain sees the value of the National Crafts Museum as helping to maintain some resistance to the homogenizing forces of the late modern world.”








No comments:

Post a Comment

picks

take a walk

AFSPA Agra Allahabad ansal plaza Arunachal Pradesh Assam Bandipur beijing china Bishnupur Burdwan chail chanakyapuri delhi Chandni Chowk chandni chowk delhi chitrakala parishath bangalore karnataka chittaranjan park chittaranjan park delhi comic con delhi Connaught Place connaught place delhi cr park Crafts Museum dahej gujarat dalhousie himachal pradesh dastkar nature bazaar deer park Delhi Delhi days dignagar west bengal dilli haat delhi durga puja esplanade kolkata fagu fort kochi kerala gandhi smriti delhi Ganga gangtok sikkim gautam nagar delhi gauteng south africa Ghalib Kebab Corner goa Grand Trunk Road grand trunk road west bengal Green Park GT Road GT Road West Bengal haa valley bhutan hampi karnakata hauz khas village hauz khas village delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin himachal pradesh hua hin thailand Humayun's Tomb IGNCA imphal manipur INA Delhi india gate delhi Indian Coffee House indian railways IRCTC Irom Sharmila isle of wight united kingdom jaipur rajasthan jaisalmer rajasthan janpath delhi jantar mantar delhi jhandewalan delhi kalkaji delhi kandhamal odisha Karnataka Kasauli Himachal Pradesh Khub Chand & Bros Kolkata kolkata west bengal Kumaon Uttarakhand Kumbh Mela Kumbh Mela 2019 lajpat nagar delhi langol manipur Lansdowne uttarakhand lodhi road delhi m g road bangalore karnataka Majnu ka Tilla Delhi mali africa Manipur mcleod ganj himachal pradesh Meghalaya Mizoram Nagaland nagarhole national park karnataka National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum nehru place New Delhi New Delhi Railway Station New Delhi World Book Fair 2019 new mehrauli road delhi Nizamuddin nizamuddin delhi Nongstoin Meghalaya Northeast India old delhi Outer Ring Road Outer Ring Road Delhi Paharganj palace grounds bangalore karnataka paris france paro bhutan politics pork Pragati Maidan pragati maidan delhi Prayagraj railways Rajdhani Express rajpath delhi ramlila maidan delhi Regal Theatre rishikesh uttarakhand safdarjung enclave delhi saket delhi Sam's Cafe sandakphu west bengal Sangam sariska rajasthan sarojini nagar delhi shahpur jat delhi shillong meghalaya shoppers stop shorts singapore siri fort stadium delhi sri lanka sundar nagar delhi thimphu bhutan train journey trains Tripura Udaipur Rajasthan Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand Uttarkashi Varanasi West Bengal Yamuna yusuf sarai delhi

timeline

about

Journalist. Taking a walk in India. | Email to journeybasket[at]gmail | Special thanks to M.S. Gopal | All rights reserved. No commercial use.

subscribe to journey basket feed

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

on facebook

Instagram