Key takeaways from the session – India’s New Museums: Aims, Challenges, Strategies
Day 1 – All India Museum Summit 2019
SPEAKER – Anjani Kumar Singh, Nodal Officer, BiharMuseum
- Museums today are more about experiences, interactivity
- The need was to shift from being a museum of collection of items to being a modern and contemporary museum
- Patna Museum and Bihar Museum together to showcase the full width, depth and diversity of Bihari culture.
- 50% of population in UP, Bihar under 25 so special focus was put on ensuring high appeal to youth and children
- To complete a fully immersive cultural experience Bihari food was showcased in the restaurant #Potbelly within the museum
- Last 40-50 years no public museum has been launched up in India – so poses challenges
- Since same given less museums open in India challenge to find partners within India with adequate international exposure as GOI norms mandate international firms must have Indian partners, issues getting good fabricators etc.
- Finding full time staff difficult since people not keen to relocate to Patna
- Since museum is a cultural hub – it is open till 10 PM – to facilitate workshops, photography & music classes etc. need an ecosystem that enables the same. Long term funding is important to sustain efforts, especially logistics & insurance costs are very high on international collaborations so that is a concern. Critical to build consensus and get buy in across stakeholders.
- Museum Biennale 2020 – a platform showcasing the best across museums of India.
- Next steps to reach out to museums across SAARC countries and then go international.
A film on the Bihar Museum was also showcased as part of the talk.
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