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Victoria Memorial Hall awed by rural Rajasthan museum

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first_imgKolkata: The authorities of Victoria Memorial Hall on Friday have drawn inspiration from a remarkable small museum — Arna-Jharna, the desert museum in Rajasthan that uses brooms as a metaphor for life in the desert and seeks public engagement with the folk culture and oral traditions of the locality.Noted research scholar and cultural critic Rustom Bharucha, who had been the project director in the early stages of the making of the eco-museum delivered an informal talk titled “Grassroots Museology in the Indian Context: The Making of Arna-Jharna,” highlighted his experience in the unique museum located in a rural area near Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe lecture was organised to observe the International Museum Day that falls on Saturday, May 18. “Every year we offer free admission to our museum and gardens on International Museum Day. At the same time, we also organise something or the other that offers some food for thought for the museum sector, some significant takeaway for those who love museums, and work in or think about them. “We have earlier listened to and learnt from some of the world leaders in this field, coming from such iconic museums such as the British Museum, the Georges Pompidou Centre and the Smithsonian. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”However, this year, we wanted to have knowledge about a small rather unconventional museum – Arna-Jharna,” said Jayanta Sengupta, secretary and curator of Victoria Memorial Hall . According to Sengupta, Arna-Jharna is among those rare specialty museums that seek, with very limited or no government support, to capture the voices of the small, the marginal, the peripheral. “In my opinion, it stands to capture our many pasts and complex presents much more effectively, and with the necessary criticality that is much more difficult for encyclopedic museums to emulate,” he said. Envisioned by the renowned folklorist and ethnomusicologist Komal Kothari, and supported by a team of practitioners affiliated to Rupayan Sansthan, this unique museum focuses on one particular object — the broom — to reflect on traditional knowledge systems and their sustenance in today’s world. The talk elaborated on the research that went into making the broom at botanical, environmental, social, and political levels and provided insights into the curatorial challenges of representing the broom. The lecture was paired with the screening of a documentary film, Jhadu Katha (Broom Stories), directed by Navroze Contrator, which was specially commissioned by the museum. “A handful of tourists on a trip to Rajasthan visit this museum because people are unaware of it which is located some 15 odd kilometers from Jodhpur,” Sengupta said.last_img read more

Get 20 off Amazon Prime Membership for Today Only

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first_img Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.This is the last weekend before Black Friday and the deals are beginning to heat up. Samsung has begun its annual Black Friday markdowns on their TVs, Amazon has discounted Prime (something has only happened a few times), and we are starting to see retailers pull the trigger on discounts early on everything from TVs, PCs, electronics and more. 20% off Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping Membership for $79 (Orig $99)For one day only, users new to Amazon Prime can get a discounted price on their membership. This is a rare deal they have only offered a few times and is perfect timing for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping. 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This 55″ TV is one of Samsung’s upper tier SUHD TVs that is currently the lowest price all year. It has a 4K resolution and native 120Hz panel with an actual 120Hz refresh rate (not the fake number manufacturers love to make up). It gets solid reviews, has a sleek design and great picture quality that will outshine most of the junk TVs you find on Black Friday. Amazon Fire HD6 6″ 8GB WiFi Tablet for $49.99 (Orig $99.99)Use coupon code: FIREHD6. This is the Black Friday tablet deal to beat. At $50 you won’t get a better tablet than this well reviewed HD Fire 6. It has a powerful quad-core processor, a sharp 252ppi screen and if you have Prime it’s an excellent option to watch videos offline when you travel. In fact at $50 it’s a no brainer travel tablet because of its price point and its durable design. A $50 tablet is great for many things: a digital photo frame, a tablet for the kids, or even as a eBook reader. 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For $10 this gives you a ton of features beyond any anti-virus.55″ Sony XBR-55X700D 4K LED HDTV + Bonus PlayStation 4 Pro TV for $999.99 (Orig $1,297.99)The PlayStation 4 Pro costs about $400 and the TV sells for $900 on most stores online so you are really getting an excellent bundle here. This TV supports HDR and 4K, both technologies the PS4 Pro was designed to handle for gaming. You effectively future proof both your TV and your gaming system for a few years to come. Amazon Paperwhite eReader w/ Backlight (Amazon Certified Refurbished 1-Year Warranty) $79.99 (Orig $109) This is the Kindle of choice for readers and is the lowest price we’ve seen (usually $100 on sale new). It has a high resolution 300ppi display for sharp text and has a built-in light so that you can read in the dark. There is no screen glare so you can enjoy it while reading outside in the sunlight. If you read a book a month and take your Kindle around a few times a year this is a good choice for youAmazon Kindle Voyager 6″ eReader w/ Adaptive Light (Amazon Certified Refurbished w/ 1-Year Warranty) $119.99 (Orig $199.99)The Kindle voyager is thinner, lighter and has a more premium feel than the Paperwhite. It has a magnesium backing and has a sleeker design. It’s definitely the Kindle of choice if you read and travel a lot as its micro-etched display has better contrast, its better material is more durable and has a better adaptive light, as well as PagePress buttons that will make this a pleasure for avid readers.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. 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