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BHARAT KALA BHAVAN

 

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Bharat KalBharat Kala Bhavana Bhavan, the art and archaeological museum of Banaras Hindu University, is an internationally known institution. No university in India has a museum of this dimension. Its 100,000 holdings include historically important archaeological materials, paintings, textiles and costumes, literary materials, decorative arts and Indian philately. The museum has twelve galleries where only 2 per cent of the total collection is exhibited but the museum organizes periodical exhibitions with the materials taken out of the reserves. Research scholars and teachers of about a dozen academic disciplines visit the Museum for study and research. A Master Degree course in Museology is conducted in this museum. The museum is also frequented by large number of scholars in the related field from various parts of India and abroad and is visited daily by many tourists both national and international.

Participation in national and international exhibitions has been one of its activities. Its other activites include organization of memorial lectures, periodical lectures, seminars and symposia, workshop on various aspects of Indian history and culture. The museum houses a well-organized library with particular references to books on Indian art and culture. One of the majo
r activities of this museum has been its publication programme. So far it has twenty-three publications. The Museum owes its origin and subsequent development to Padmavibhusan Rai Krishnadasa. Nobel Laureate Poet Rabindranath Tagore had been its first Honorary Chairman. Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi visited the museum thrice and appreciated the collection. Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru laid the foundation of the present building in the University in 1950 and in 1962 when the building was ready, he inaugurated it for the people.The museum has been declared as a University Museum of National Importance.