Bhubaneswar,18/5 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : Gracing the International Museum Day Celebration at Odisha State Museum here Monday, Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Tourism & Culture Department Dr. Arabinda Padhee informed about the State Government’s plan to open a cafeteria inside the museum in a very hygienic and beautiful way. He also highlighted the Government has decided to make all the galleries air-conditioned for the visitors to feel comfortable.
Adhering to the spirit of International Council of Museums’ theme ‘Museums for a sustainable society’, a seminar was organised. Gracing the occasion as chief guest, Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda said “Museums are the storehouses of knowledge that are connected to our lives. Odisha State Museum is in the process of developing five new galleries including the freedom fighters gallery. The aim of setting up the freedom fighters’ gallery is to make people especially youth aware regarding the contributions of our freedom fighters during the freedom struggle”. The Minister stressed the need for some improvements in the museum to ensure good the visitors’ experience.
Among others, Member of Parliament Pravas Singh, Director of National Council of Science Museums Dr. Samarendra Kumar, Culture Director Sushil Das, Superintendent-in-charge of Odisha State Museum Dr. Jayanti Rath and Curator of the museum Suchismita Mantri also spoke on the occasion.
The museum held a series of activities including an art camp on terracotta involving 50 school students. On this special occasion, two renovated galleries namely musical instruments and ornaments were opened to public and Odisha Historical Research Journal with research articles from learned scholars was unveiled. A rare and significant collection of Chowdwar Copper Plate charter of king Kamarnavadev, son and successor of Ananta Varman, Chodagangadeva and Kasturi Kamodini of Ganga dynasty were displayed also on display. An exhibition of paintings on the achievements of Emperor Kharavela depicted on the canvas of Rani Gumpha in Udayagiri was inaugurated. The exhibition has been conceptualized and designed by noted artist and former Curator of Odisha State Museum Shyam Sundar Patnaik.
This year’s theme ‘Museums for a sustainable society’ recognizes the role of museums in raising public awareness about the need for a society that is less wasteful, more cooperative and uses resources in a way that respects living systems. Bringing museums to the forefront of this model of a sustainable society, the theme aims to foster awareness among the society about current consequences of human action in our planet and the absolute necessity of changing its economical social model.