Vrindavan, 2017.09.10 (DJ): “The Braj Culture Museum of the Vrindavan Research Institute is not only valuable for local or national researchers, but will be of interest to people from around the globe. Its collections — the art objects and manuscripts inspired by Braj culture, which are preserved and on display here, will highlight Braj to the entire world.” So said National Museum Director General, Dr. Buddha Rashmi Mani, who visited the VRI on Saturday with his wife.
While inspecting the Braj Culture Museum on Saturday, the Director General of the National Museum, Dr B.R. Mani, noted that the contents on display there are not only of interest to students and scholars, but to pilgrims as well as tourists who visit Vrindavan.
He particularly appreciated the new “Fourth Gallery” which is focused on folk culture.
Dr. Mani was an archeaologist and a former ADG of the Archaeological Survey of India. He attained national prominence when given the assignment of investigating the claims surrounding the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 2003. He became embroiled in controversy for his findings, as he claimed to have found the remnants of a tenth century temple on the site of the mosque. He was named director of the National Museum in 2016.
He gave numerous suggestions for the development of the Institute and its museum.
VRI director Satish Chandra Dikshit said that the concept of the museum is to showcase all aspects of Braj culture to the common person.
Present during his visit, Institute Director Satish Chandra Dikshit, member of Governing Council Dr. Meena Gautam, Vishnu Gautam, former curator of Allahabad Museum and Vithika consultant Dr. Ranjan Shukla, Dr. Brij Bhushan Chaturvedi, Dr. Rajesh Sharma, Mamta Kumari, Trekharani, Umashankar Purohit , Jaydev De, Sukumar Goswami, Rajat Shukla, Rajkumar Shukla, Mahendra Singh, Vinod Jha, Ashok Dikshit, etc., were also present.
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