Kerala strikes to ascertain, promote mini museums

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Home to Kochi-Muziris Biennale, certainly one of India’s largest artwork occasions, Kerala is now aspiring to change into the museum hub of India. “It’s time we came out of the notion that museums are places where history sleeps. They should be able to converse with visitors, more so youngsters,” said Dr Venu V, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, who oversees the departments of Archaeology, Archives and Museums.

Under the initiative, mini museums might be promoted throughout the state.

Anchored by Keralam Museum, an organisation fashioned to construct and modernise museums, the “new museum movement strives to challenge old-fashioned norms about conservation of cultures, replacing them with revolutionary concepts that are gaining ground in other parts of the world”.

Among different tasks, the Bastion Bungalow at Fort Kochi will now perform because the Ernakulam District Heritage Museum, with its galleries visually explaining the interventions of the colonial Portuguese, Dutch and the British powers into the political area of Kerala’s kingdoms.

A newly opened District Heritage Museum in Palakkad, 150 km north of Kochi, focuses on the area’s agriculture, arts and music.

In latest years, Keralam Museum has accomplished a number of different assignments, together with Koyikkal Palace Folklore Museum at Nedumangad in Thiruvananthapuram district, Gandhi Smriti Museum at Payyanur and Vaikom Satyagraha Memorial Gandhi Museum in Kottayam district. More than 20 District Heritage Museums are underway.