DHUBRI: The newly-developed folk art gallery at the Nilima Barua Folk Art Museum in Gauripur was inaugurated on Thursday. This government museum represents four sections of folk art collected by Nilima Barua, which includes textiles, Sholapith, terracotta and metal craft, and curated by District Museum Officer Mrinmoy Das.
Apart from these, an audio visual orientation room was also developed alongside the gallery where the visitors can have the opportunity to watch the videos of the rich folk art of Assam and the Northeast.
The gallery intends to disseminate knowledge about the rich folk culture of Assam and parts of India. Since Nilima Barua travelled across the country and collected objects from all parts of the country, the present collection showcases the fine examples of art and craft of western and central part of India as well. The gallery will be extremely beneficial for students, researchers and general public to learn and gather information on the subject of art and craft. It will be a centre of learning for people of all walks of life and a popular tourist destination of Dhubri.
Earlier, the gallery was inaugurated by former Director General of National Museum, New Delhi, Dr. RD Choudhary. He spoke about the importance of protecting the knowledge of folk crafts. He also said that Dhubri region was rich in many forms of folk culture and therefore, all necessary efforts should be taken by the government and the local bodies to safeguard and promote the rich culture of this part of Assam and in this process the Nilima Barua Folk Art Museum could play a very important role. Invited guests Prabir Coomer Barua and Dr. Dwijen Bhakat highlighted the importance of terracotta items in the context of today's growing eco-friendly consciousness among public.
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