City Hangout – Mapping National Museum, Janpath
Souvenirs of our past.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
The National Museum in Central Delhi is a guide to India.
Opened in 1960, it has 2, 00,000 exhibits — the older dating back to 2500 BC and beyond.
The bronze sculpture of a dancing girl from Mohenjadaro is traced to 2700 BC. A clay pot is traced to 2900 BC. There is a 5th century Shiva, a 6th century Buddha, a 9th century Chola Tripurantaka and a 16th century illustrated folio of Bustan.
There is a lion throne of the king of Benares. There is a painting depicting Sufi ascetic Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya absorbed in a sitar recital of his disciple Amir Khusro.
In a city marked by Islamic and British-era monuments, the National Museum reveals a more varied land.
The Delhi Walla wrote on the museum here, but it is not enough. In the series Mapping National Museum, I intend to survey minutely each room in the museum, observing with you the souvenirs of our past. Watch this space.
Where Janpath Time 10 am to 5 pm (Monday closed) Nearest Metro Station Udyog Bhawan
A journey into the National Museum