Tuesday, October 19, 2010

National Museum of New Delhi India

National Museum of Delhi is the largest museum in India. This museum is located at Rajpath, Delhi. This museum shows the big picture of Indian culture and history. It is holding 5,000 years of Indian history. Museum has three floors where different galleries containing Indian art have arranged according to different periods. Different galleries of national museum has huge collection of bronzes, terracotta sculptures, paintings and costumes which completely shows the art and history of India.

National MuseumThe galleries on ground floor contains displays from Paleolithic age to the Mughal period. This include paintings and Asian antiquities. Second floor displays weapons, costumes, wood carvings, musical instruments, coins of the historical periods etc.

National museum is also containing a huge collection of Indus Valley Civilization belonging to Mohenjodaro and Harappa. The most outstanding display here is the lyrical bronze Dancing Girl. The Bronze Gallery has a very good collection of chola and pallava. Another gallery is Maurya-Sunga-Satavahana gallery, which display artifacts from 3rd century B.C to 2nd century A.D. It includes stone sculptures depicting Buddha's life and folk deities like Yaksha, Yakshi etc, terracottas, some excellent specimens of Buddhist stupa's and carvings from rock-cut caves. In the Kushana Gallery there are images of Buddhist, Hindu and Jaina deities in human form and exhibits three styles of art from Mathura, Gandhara and Ikshvaku. Classical age of Indian art from 4th to 6th Century A.D with icons of gods, fauna and flora is represented in the Gupta Gallery.
National Museum DelhiThe medieval galleries exhibits, representative examples of various art-styles which flourished side by side in different regions of the country under different powers between 7th and 13th century A.D. Several stone sculptures of the early medieval period and sculptures and temple art of the famous temples like the Sun temple of Konark and Khajuraho etc of the late medieval period are displayed.