June 15, 2010 | |

Nehru Mu(seum)ings

The Nehru Centre and the Nehru Planetarium, Worli were constructed in 1972; the core idea was to build an interactive science centre/museum which matched international standards. The Nehru Museum was built as an extension to Jawaharlal Nehru’s vision of India and his undying passion towards the upliftment of the population.
A look at the different zones of the museum:
The Discovery of India
Named after Pandit Nehru’s autobiography, this section tries to uncover India’s artistic, intellectual and philosophical advances through the ages. It is spread over 14 galleries, in an area of 100,000 sq ft, with 50,000 exhibits on display!
The first exhibit in this section is of the Stone Age man. Replicas of the paintings found in Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh are displayed here. Through the process of carbon dating, the origin of these paintings has been traced back to the year 8000 BC!
The exhibit then transitions to the highly developed Indus Valley Civilization. The Harappan dock diorama displayed here is extremely detailed and life-like. Visitors then proceed into the first millennium; this was also the time when the Aryans migrated to the north of India. This era traces the beginning of the human thought process, with numerous attempts to capture nature’s mystique and wonder. It was in this period that the Vedas were composed and the epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata were detailed. The gurukul exhibit in this section depicts instances of the passage of knowledge. It also pays reverence to Panini, who wrote his magnum opus (the grammar for the Sanskrit language) during this time.
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