Various activities mark IGRMS Foundation Day celebrations


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) under the celebrations of its 42nd Foundation Day is organising various programmes and activities at its premises from March 21 to 23. Sangrahalya in continuation of four decade long tradition will celebrate foundation Day with various programmes with a state as theme. This year, Sikkim is the theme state. The chief guest of inaugural ceremony will be KT Gyaltsen, Legal Advisor to the Chief Minister of Sikkim and former Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly. On this occasion a Dedication of special exhibition entitled: Sikkim and the Sikkimese: The Sentinels of the Godly Mountains and Cultural Heritage of Sikkim’ will be inaugurated at Veethi Sankul. On the eve of Foundation Day, country’s largest lamp with 1001 wicks ‘Aal-Vilakku’ will be lighted. Later traditional artists from Sikkim will give performing arts presentation at Veethi Sankul open air auditorium from 7 pm. A group of metal craft artisans of Mannar Village (Kerala) created this bell-metal lamp through the traditional lost wax process. The lamp is of 15 feet height, weighing 1830 kg and has individual niches carved to hold 1001 wicks.The niches are arranged on a Baniyan tree pattern.ln Malayalam language Baniyan tree is known as Aal and the lamp is called Vilakku. Thus, this lamp is named as Aal - Vilakku. The 1001 wicks are arranged in 13 circular steps of varying diameter. The lowest step is of 7.4 ft. diameter and topmost of 4.5 ft. diameter. About 18 kg. of oil I ghee is required to light all the wicks at a stretch.

Exhibition on Rock Art Heritage of India organized

The second day under the celebration of 37th foundation day of IGRMS was marked with inauguration of an exhibition, annual IGRMS lecture and food delicacies apart from folk and tribal dances of north eastern India on Friday. The visitors got a taste of food appetizers viz smashed fish curry, leafy vegetables, red rice, moong daal, chutney, pickle, korma etc. This was followed by exhibition titled ‘Rock Art Heritage of India’. Showcasing the rock paintings from different states of India, this photographic exhibition was inaugurated at the Rock Art Centre of the Sangrahalaya by Dr G L Badam, retired Professor of Palaeontology, Deccan College of Pune. Thereafter, Padma Bhushan Prof T K Oommen, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered annual IGRMS Lecture on ‘Adivasis of Bharat: victims of erroneous conceptualisation and inappropriate policies. ‘ Stressing upon the need of upliftment of adivasis or tribals of India, Prof Oommen discussed briefly about the policies and amendments of Govt of India. “In order to make the presence of tribal permanent, the policies should be made following the culture, language and territory adivasis,” said Prof Oommen. This lecture was attended by distinguished audience including staff of Anthropological Survey of India, museum professionals etc.

Dance troupes render beautiful dances

Next up was ‘Ishanika,’ where the dance troupes from north eastern India in their colourful and vibrant costumes rendered beautiful dances. This was followed by Cheraw dance of Mizoram, Bihu dance of Assam, Wangla dance of Meghalaya, Hojagiri dance of Tripura etc at Charaiveti-open air stage of the Sangrahalaya. Visitors shall be given free entry till March 23.