When you enter Craft Museum Delhi; from a short narrow, slightly dark passage you’d be welcome by primeval effigies of warrior era. On the left you will find gallery of art pieces and books along with an eatery.When walk past that you will see wall painted with royal elephants fighting and horses behind them with marquise and royalties perch on them.
Take right to explore more of museum the first gallery you’ll see would be Bhuta sculpture. These are the sculpture of Shiva’s Ganas made three hundred years ago to cast away evil like-draught, flood and other calamities from villages in southern region of India. Although they are deities but you may not get that shrine worshipping aura there.
Picture clicking is allowed inside any gallery of the museum with prior permission only. You will not get any cicerone to entertain you with galore of interesting knowledge about the backdrops of mesmerizing art and culture of this nation. You have to excavate that on your own if you really have gland that effuse affection for art. Nevertheless you may find one official of the museum in each gallery who would stop you in beginning seeing cameras in your hand from taking pictures.
Each gallery has wall rendering information about what has exhibited. On asking what does those official know about it they’d tell you the same.
Past the gallery of Bhuta sculpture, through the thatched corridor and quadrangle of purple leaves you’d see Audio Visual Room. They will run a short movie of endeavour on exploring splendid art form of our country. Movie reveals that how enrich our country is with beatific art forms that are created by village people at faraway lands.
Those people may not know how to pose intellectual with glass of drink in exuberant galleries. But they certainly know that they have to continue making art form in order to keep them alive for generations to come. However their livelihood is not implicitly dependent on it for making of art gives them puny. Nor they know to how market their art at elite level to make plenty out of it.
That art form that I happen to see was Ponchu Cups which were not at the display anywhere in the museum.
Doors of engraved art tells you that our heritage belongs to those who had exert their talent in tactile art forms than in gossiping on whatsApp.
Wooden Chariot is from Maharashtra. It is ceremonial chariot of Lord Rama used for holy processions; pulled by devotees with tied ropes in iron rings on the front and back of it. This is Lord Rama’s Ratha and one could see canopy of carved deities from all four sides of it.
Village milieu imparts serenity that is not there in resplendently decorative lounges. It depicts how people in villages live simple and plain life. Giant Pot could serve whole village. Mud houses of thatched roofs.
Closely built houses also tells that people in Villages live relatively close alike the people in towns. Gandhi JI said that ‘India lives in villages’. Sure it does for the major part of our population dwells on rural lands. Such lands--imbue with rich heritage culture--lay faraway. But one could view all that: Village Life; Vivid and varied cultures; Plethora of Art forms of India at Craft Museum Delhi.