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Tips for museum facelift

Ranchi, March 22: Research scholars and students of city colleges put their heads together to make the upcoming museum at Hotwar a better place for art lovers.

Suggestions like separate arrangements for people residing in remote areas to visit the museum, dheki and jan shikar, an integral part of tribal community, should find a place in the museum and proper security arrangements poured in at the meet.

Students, professors of Ranchi University, Bedo College, Bundu College, Ranchi College, Women’s College and St Xavier’s College were present at the meet today. Altogether there were 150 people who discussed ways to make the museum the best in eastern India. Supriya Sonali, a research scholar, suggested a booklet should be printed containing information and details related to the museum.

The retired director of Indian Museum, Calcutta, S.K. Chakraborty said it would not be a museum only but a cultural hub.

Chakraborty who was the chief guest on the occasion said the major concern of the authorities should be the security arrangements.

“The museum would house rare artifacts and precious items. According to the architectural plan, one side of the museum will have glass which is the cause of concern as criminals might break into it,” he said.

Assistant director of state art and culture department Harendra Sinha said they are in the process of collecting exhibits and precious items from different places of the country. He said though the museum is being built in Jharkhand, it would house rare items from various parts of the country. “The interiors are being furnished and will take about two to three months to open doors for the public,” Sinha said. He added that the meeting was organised today to get expert advice from eminent people to develop the museum and make it better.

The museum will be a semi-circular one built over an area of 40,000sqft. It would house relics, artifacts and paintings. It will also be a veritable storehouse of books related to history of the state and its tribal culture.

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