Tourism Minister inaugurates the ‘Unknown masterpieces of Himachal Folk Art’ exhibition in New Delhi


The Minister of State (I/C) of Culture & Tourism, Government of India, Prahalad Singh Patel inaugurated the exhibition titled ‘Unknown Masterpieces of Himachal Folk Art’ at the National Museum, New Delhi. The event was graced by Akhilesh Mishra, Director General, ICCR and B N Aryan, Director, Home of Tribal Folk Art, Gurugram among other dignitaries.

The exhibition is being jointly organised by the National Museum, New Delhi and Home of Folk Art (Museum of Tribal, Folk and Neglected Art), Gurugram in which more than 240 artefacts are on display. Out of this, 230 objects belong to the personal lifetime collection of Late K C Aryan, Home of Folk Art, Gurugram.

The exhibition has been curated by B N Aryan, Director, Home of Folk Art, Gurugram and assisted by Abira Bhattacharya from National Museum under the direction of Dr. B R Mani, Director General National Museum. The exhibition will remain open for public till July 31.

The present exhibition aims to highlight the folk art tradition of Himachal Pradesh. Prior to being carved out as an independent state, Himachal Pradesh was known as the Punjab Hill States, a term coined by the British administrators. The arts and crafts of this state give us some idea of what must have existed in the plains of Punjab, the province that had to bear the brunt of perennial invasions and warfare from the north-western frontier of India.