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The Magnificent Stone Artefacts of the Odisha State Museum

Orissa has been the seat of rich ancient civilizations and some of the archaeological finds have been displayed at the State Museum, Bhubaneshwar.

Museums in the cities of India are unsung and uncelebrated – but host an amazing range of artefacts. This museum delighted me not only with collection but also with the way in which the art has been presented.

Following are a few photos of the museum display.

 

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Ancient Indian stone sculpture

 

Odisha is among the poorest states in India – going by financial measures. Yet by other measures such as history, culture and warmth of its people, it is nowhere at the bottom of the ladder. An unsung cultural great state!

jm

March 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 comments on “The Magnificent Stone Artefacts of the Odisha State Museum

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  2. Seemantini
    March 22, 2013

    A well-presented museum is a breath of fresh air in India! Wish the government invested more in museums. But we have so many other glaring issues, a museum is not really their priority. Perhaps would have been possible in a corruption-free and willing polity.

  3. wovensouls
    March 22, 2013

    No doubt good presentation adds value. But if you look beyond presentation – the width and the depth of collections of the state museums collectively is staggering. I for one have ignored this wealth until as recently as 2 years ago. When I saw the Assam State Museum in 2010 I decided to turn a blind eye to the dust in the neglected halls and be blinded by the beauty of the textile art on display there. Yes there will be a time when India can focus on its beauty rather than its critical issues – but until then we need not lament that our museums are empty. They are just undiscovered.

  4. Seemantini
    March 22, 2013

    Only mentioned the sad presentation, not that our museums are empty. But its a good thought to overlook the ugly and focus on the good 🙂 And yes, the wealth of heritage in India is unbeatable!

  5. wovensouls
    March 22, 2013

    Sorry – I didn’t mean you – I was referring to myself not valuing Indian Museums enough. I had negative ‘impressions’ that were not based on visits to Indian museums but on the general sense of despondency about all things related to the Indian Government institutions. It took a visit to a real museum to bring about the change in perspective.

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