BIHAR MUSEUM, PATNA – 2013 - 2015
Consultant for the Master Planning firm: Lord Cultural Resources, Canada
Role and Responsibility: research coordination, content writing, co - curation and collection management for the entire Museum. Textual and visual research on the history of Bihar was undertaken, and the same was conveyed to the design teams for creation of the Museum’s exhibition and graphic design, website and social media presence.
It included coordination between the Bihar Government, Patna Museum, Lord Cultural Resources staff, subject experts, designers, architects.
The bi lingual Bihar Museum tells the story of Bihar as the birthplace of Indian history and Bihar’s role in it to restore pride in Bihari history and legacy – till 1764 (while the Patna Museum continues from 1764).
Its main target audience are 11 - 12 year old children hence is had to be extremely interpretative, interactive, using the latest digital media while keeping in sync with traditional crafts communities. It has a visual storage, research centre, conservation lab, auditorium, special exhibition and Bihari diaspora galleries, workshop space, café and shops.
Funded by the Bihar State Government, it is constructed on 13.9 acres to be one of the most technologically creative museums of India. It is the first Museum in India with a unique touch based Children’s Gallery.
Image Courtesy: Vishal Shastri, Abhishek Shah (City Neon) and Poulomi Das
BUDDHA SMRITI PARK MUSEUM, PATNA - 2013:
Role and Responsibility: Consultant for Research Coordination for audio – visual research, co curation and content writing and editing.
It required coordination between the Bihar Government, Patna Museum and Lord Cultural Resources.
Located in the Buddha Smriti Park near Patna Railway Station, the entire complex comprises of a Stupa, a Meditation Centre and the Museum.
It is a worthy example of appropriation of space for a cultural and community purpose as the old jail of Patna, the Bankipore Jail, used to be located at the same site.
This is the only interpretative museum based on the life of Lord Buddha in India; it uses multi - sensory interpretive techniques to tell this story. The crafts communities of Bihar have skilfully created most of the murals for the Museum - as evident from the photographs here.
The Museum opens with an animated film narrating the life of Buddha to the audience.
Image Courtesy: Poulomi Das