Museums recommended by the Daricha Foundation: A window to the world for India’s tribal arts and their practitioners – West Bengal


Vocational Training Centre, 2nd Floor
Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust
P.O. Sattore 731 236 (near Santiniketan)

The Central Museum located at the premises of the Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata is an ethnographic and anthropological museum that has on view objects and specimens on crafts, musical instruments, economic artifacts, dress and ornaments as well as objects related to religious activities from tribal and folk communities. The museum lays emphasis on depiction of bio-cultural heritage of people of the concerned zone.

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Address : Anthropological Survey of India,
27 Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Kolkata-700016
Phone : (033) 2286 1697

Ethnographic Museum was established in 1955 It was built by the Cultural Research Institute, Govt. of West Bengal. Objects on view include hunting tools and equipment, fishing gears, dresses and ornaments, utensils, furniture, spinning and weaving aids and also objects relating to art, religion and `magic`. Stores photograph and tape-records of folk music depicting lifestyle of the tribes of this state.

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Address : Cultural Research Institute,
Tribal Welfare Development, Government of West Bengal,
P-1/4, C.I.T. Scheme, No. VII-M, V.I.P. Road,
P.O. Kankurgachi, Kolkata – 700 054
Phone : 033 – 23207623
Timings : 10.30 – 17.00 only Weekdays

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Date Visited: Tue Jul 22 2014 10:16:33 GMT+0200 (CEST)

The Santals, a proto-Austroloid racial group,  are the largest tribe in West Bengal accounting  for more than  50% of the state’s tribal population.  Other than West Bengal, their major concentration is in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Tripura.  In Assam, they are not classified separately as a tribe and their lot is clubbed with the generic “Tea Tribes of Assam.” There is also a sizable Santal community in neighboring Bangladesh, and a smaller group in Nepal. […]

Their primary occupation today is daily agricultural and manual labour, though there is an increasing move among the youth towards better education and self sustenance.  […]

The Santals are spontaneous singers and dancers par excellence. Music is in their blood and all their dances reflect their collective nature, community feeling and social awareness. Santali culture is also depicted in the paintings and bas-relief in the walls of their houses.

Their traditional mythology includes the stories of their ancestors Pilchu Haram and Pilchu Budhi. The twelve clans of  the Santals –  Hansdak, Murmu, Hembrom, Soren, Kisku, Tudu, Marndi, Baske, Besra, Chonre, Puria and Bedea, trace their origins to these mythical ancestors.

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Date Visited: Tue Jul 22 2014 10:21:26 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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[…] Our mission thus is to document, disseminate and promote public consciousness of India`s Folk and Tribal Art and Culture, starting with West Bengal, primarily through this portal. But our mission does not stop there. In bringing these forms alive to a wider global audience, we hope to not only connect you to the artists and their arts, but also to enable you to contribute towards the conservation and propagation of these arts. There are so many ways you could do this – for instance, invite them to participate at local fairs and festivals or attend their performances or displays in their indigenous surrounds. In other words, Encourage, Buy, Spread the word.

And this is why we have adopted the name Daricha, which means “window” in Urdu. A window that opens out to the public and the online world at large, providing instant access to knowledge on India`s folk and tribal arts and its practitioners; and also a window that connects the folk artist and artisan to the rest of the world.

In addition to the portal, we also aim to help create sustainable and dignified means of livelihood for artists through activities that encourage and promote our intangible folk heritage. In short, we would like to play a part in making a difference to the folk and tribal arts of our land, and in this process look forward to your support, help and contribution as well.

It is with these objects in mind that we formed Daricha Foundation, a not for profit registered Society based out of Kolkata, in April 2013.

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Date Visited: Tue Jul 22 2014 10:46:02 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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