Sanskriti Museums - The Vision

 

The Museums of Everyday Art, Indian Terracotta and Textiles are a conduit for the preservation and presentation of indigenous heritage, craftsmanship, aesthetic functionality and cultural practices.

Tradition and modernity are not two separate categories - one transmutes into another. The preservation of cultural heritage, therefore, has its own validity. The museums at Sanskriti are a base for such preservation as great attention has been given to the socio-cultural context of the objects. Our vision is to build upon our collections and to transform our museums into a central resource hub for all research on the art and craft traditions of India in general, and particularly in our core areas of terracotta, textiles and everyday objects. We would also wish to use the time to simultaneously review our interpretive approach to our collections, taking into account the multiple and changing perspectives within museology and museum studies, using it to inform and further enrich our own understanding of our collections, and then share it with our visitors.

However, museums the world over are also widening their scope from mere repositories and generators of knowledge, into dynamic learning centres striving to be perceived as active agents of cultural values. Thus Sanskriti Museums and their spaces also play a proactive role in dissemination of information and creation of awareness amongst children, students, artists, scholars, designers and the interested public.

For more information contact: museums@sanskritifoundation.org

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