Map | India’s Ethnographic Museums

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Tribal Arts in India >>

Museums have through the years been seen as institutions involved in the research, conservation and dissemination of information. India has eighteen Tribal Research and Training Institutes which run fourteen Ethnographic Museums with a combined collection of nearly 30,000 artefacts such as paintings, ornaments, costumes, hunting and agricultural implements, pottery, toys and religious objects; with each museum having collected artefacts from its own area of activity. Viewed collectively, these artefacts present a unique picture of the diversity and cultural richness of Tribal India.
The National Consortium of Tribal Arts and Culture (NCTAC) project was undertaken by Bhasha Research and Publication Centre with the support of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India. Spanning a period of two years from January 2007, the project created a digital repository of tribal arts and culture as documented by these ethnographic museums since Independence.
The main goal of the project has been to connect the audiences with the tribal contexts through the use of digital technology and multimedia. This was done through the installation of dynamic digital displays in the participating museums. These displays are created with a view to bring together films, photographs, songs and stories reflecting the richness of tribal life and the contexts of use of over 700 tribal artefacts featuring in this dynamic collection. It is hoped that this book along with these displays will serve as a window to the lives of different tribal communities of the country and will help establish a fruitful dialogue between the numerous and divergent traditions of art and culture. The National Consortium of Tribal Arts and Culture (NCTAC) was conceived with the following objectives: 1) To form a network for interaction between the Tribal Research Institutes and various independent researchers in the country and abroad; 2) To encourage tribal art and culture through the support and participation of the people of India. […]

Source: Tribal Arts in India: The National Inventory of Tribal Museums (2012) | Learn more and ordering details >>

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Ethnographic Museums (14) run by India’s 18 Tribal Research and Training Institutes

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